"Growing up, I dreamed of playing college football," Grimm said. "In college, I dreamed of playing professional football. When I was in the NFL, I dreamed of winning Super Bowls. I dreamed of winning championships. But I never dreamed that I'd be standing here today."
The outstanding guard from 1981-91 won three Super Bowls with the Redskins, a team whose offense was built around the Hogs. At left guard, Grimm was a powerful run blocker and an often-impenetrable pass protector who was chosen for the league's all-decade team of the 1980s.
Currently the assistant head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Grimm was presented by his offensive line coach with the Skins, Joe Bugel, who called Grimm the "Head Hog," the go-to guy on that line.
Grimm called the Hogs "a group of guys that grew together, worked together, rose families together."
"Joe Jacoby, Jeff Bostic, Mark May, Fred Dean, Donnie Warren, George Starke and Rick Walker, your names are going to be embroidered on the inside of this (gold Hall of Fame) jacket so I always remember the things we went through, the tough times we had and the good times we celebrated," Grimm said.
And he closed by thanking the fans, particularly those clad in burgundy and gold, but also all NFL fans regardless of their loyalties. They are the reason he played the game.