- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 7, 2009

From combined dispatches

Former Washington Redskins guard Russ Grimm was named a finalist for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the fifth consecutive year.

Grimm was one of 17 finalists announced Tuesday along with first-year candidate Bruce Smith, a defensive end, and receiver Andre Reed, a 2008 finalist. Those two former Buffalo Bills star each finished their careers with the Redskins. Smith earned 29 of his NFL-best 200 career sacks during his four seasons in Washington.

Selectors will vote on inductees in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 31, the day before Super Bowl XLIII. A minimum of four and a maximum of seven will make the final cut.

Grimm, the assistant head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, helped lead the Redskins to four Super Bowls and three NFL titles from 1981 to 1991.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Drew Brees won the Associated Press 2008 NFL offensive player of the year award after nearly setting a passing record for yards.

The quarterback of the New Orleans Saints threw for 5,084 yards, 16 fewer than Dan Marino’s 1984 mark and only the second time someone has eclipsed 5,000 yards passing in a season.

Brees’ prolific work earned him 22 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the league. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning (NFL MVP) and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson tied for second with nine votes each.

COLTS: A gun owned by Marvin Harrison was used in an April shooting, but investigators still can’t determine who pulled the trigger, Philadelphia’s chief prosecutor said.

Five of the six bullet casings found at the North Philadelphia shooting scene came from Harrison’s weapon, but investigators have conflicting witness accounts of who fired it, district attorney Lynne Abraham said.

No charges have been filed in the April 28 shooting, and the investigation remains open.

JETS: Team owner Woody Johnson formally met with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer about the team’s coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the search told the Associated Press.

Johnson was out of the country Friday when general manager Mike Tannenbaum began the first round of interviews with Schottenheimer and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan.

VICK: After more than a year on the market and a $400,000 price reduction, Michael Vick’s eight-bedroom home in the Atlanta area will go on the auction block if a bankruptcy judge agrees to the move.

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