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Russ Grimm Homecoming Press Conference

On when he thinks he will become a head coach in the NFL:"I mean that's one of those things that I tell people all the time. I enjoy doing what I'm doing. If it's the right place at the right time, everything is set the way I want it, then that'll be something that I do."

On what it means to be a Hall of Famer:"It's still sinking in. I mean being there in Canton with the family, and friends. You know, I'm 51 years old and to sit in a room and talk to a lot of the guys that were your heroes growing up and now you're apart of that club, it makes it special."

On Joe Bugel's coaching and his Redskins teammates:"This is the same guy that would cuss us up one wall, and down the other. I've been in coaching, I think it's been going on 20 years, so I know what it's like on the other side right now. When you play for somebody that really kind of not only wants you to do it right, but enjoys the things that you enjoy. He got depressed when you didn't play well, and he got excited when you played well. We were lucky we had a good group of guys and we had a lot of fun together. That makes it special."

On switching to the offensive line at the University of Pittsburgh:"I was a sophomore. I played linebacker. I played quarterback and linebacker in high school. After my sophomore year, I was playing special teams, and still I had two guys in front of me. [My coach] called me in right before winter workouts, and said we had a bunch of guys graduate on the offensive line. He thought there would be a great chance for me to play center. I never had my hand in the dirt. I said 'Coach, I think I'll stay at linebacker.' He said to me, 'I'm not asking you.' So, I moved over and had a great coach in Joe Moore in college. It was one of those things like I said in Canton, 'There's no greater feeling than moving a man from Point A to Point B against his will.' [Coach] said, 'You're a football player. Why don't you try that?' I did it, and I liked it, and I've been playing offensive line ever since then."

On his greatest memories playing for the Washington Redskins:"I remember putting on the pads at old RFK [Stadium]. You could hear the fans in the stands, banging up and down, 'We want Dallas.' I can remember the pouring down rain against Atlanta when the seat cushions went flying. The fans in D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland are special. They created an atmosphere that to me was second-to-none at the time. You played in front of these people, and if you didn't play well, you got your butt booed, and that's the way it should be. And if you played well, they really appreciated it. Those are the memories. I remember [John Riggins'] run. I remember some of the passes that Joe [Theismann] made, that Doug [Williams] made, that Mark Rypien made. You remember all the guys that probably never got the notoriety. The Neil Olkewicz's, the Pete Cronan's. It takes a lot of guys to make up a football team. It's not always the guys that get the headlines, and get to the Hall [of Fame]. I tell people all the time that I didn't get here without the help from [Coach Bugel], without playing beside the great players that I played beside, and playing with some good players on both sides of the ball. We had some good teams that got some recognition. A lot of that goes to those guys."

On the meaning of being the first "Hog" to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:"When it came out, it's a position that we have no stats. So as it went on and went on, I was hoping that somebody would make it here. Like I said, I didn't make it here myself. I played beside [Joe] Jacoby, [Jeff] Bostic, [Mark] May, [George] Starke, Freddie Dean, [Mark] Schlereth, [Raleigh] McKenzie, [Jim] Lachey. There are a lot of things that went into place that kind of has a piece of it. There are no stats other than that we won a bunch of games. I think that's the biggest reason. Hopefully, we get a couple more [Hogs] in…a little bit more recognition for some of the teams. I'm just glad I made it.

On retiring right after winning Super Bowl XXVI at age 31:"[Coach Bugel] asked me the same thing. He was already gone [from Washington] at that time. I played against a veteran in my rookie year, who kind of was a little past his career. He was one of my idols when I played against him and I kind of dominated that game. The feeling after that game my rookie year was that I'm never going to hang on, and play the game less than I was capable of playing. Two years before we won that Super Bowl [XXVI], I played three games. There were times I played three games, and I was out two. I played one [game], and was out three. Played two [games], out one. Things were starting to fall apart. Could I play? Yes. But could I play at the level I was used to playing? No. It was time for me to say, 'Let's move on to something else.'

On how Coach Bugel's teaching of the game helped Grimm become a better coach:"He taught me a bunch of good words. The best thing about [Coach Bugel] was that he had us ready for the game. So whatever happened on the field, we knew how to adjust. We knew who to pick up. We could make the adjustments before we got to the sidelines. That was the biggest thing there. The other thing was the toughness factor. When we got there, the first thing was that he took a pencil up to the front of the room, and he snapped the pencil. And [Coach Bugel] said, 'That's the difference between pain and injury.' He said, 'If it doesn't break, then everything else is pain.' Back then, we played through a lot of those things. But he built a toughness factor. He worked us hard during the week. We always said, 'If we make it through camp, we'll be alright.' If we made it through the week, then we were happy to make it to the game, because the games were the easy part."

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