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Grimm Honor Comes From Unlikely Place

Grimm's former players offered a touching tribute

By Maggie Hendricks
|  Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 2:28 PM EDT
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Grimm was honored by the Steelers he helped to a Super Bowl ring.

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Russ Grimm's Hall of Fame induction was a special night for Redskins' fans. Hearing Grimm speak about the ways the fans at RFK pumped him up, seeing the Hogs come out to support their leader, and even hearing how the retired players still hate the Cowboys added to the night's nostalgia.

But one special tribute to Grimm came from an unexpected place: Pittsburgh.

Four Steelers offensive linemen wore Grimm's jersey as they sat and listened to Grimm's induction speech. Though he now coaches for the Arizona Cardinals, the Steelers have not forgotten Grimm or the part he played in their Super Bowl run in 2005.

According to the Redskins Blog, Trai Essex, Max Starks, Willie Colon and Chris Kemoeatu all wore Grimm's burgundy and gold.

"We had the jerseys made when he became a finalist for the first time," Steelers guard Essex said, "and we brought them back out to show our support here."

Though Redskins-Steelers history is nowhere near as checkered as the rivalry between the Redskins and another team from Pennsylvania, it is still a huge leap for a player of one team to don a jersey of another team. It's even more impressive when they do it for a coach who hasn't worked with them for more than three seasons.

It was a touching gesture that speaks volumes about the character of the Steelers but says even more about Grimm and the impact he has made as a coach.


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