As with most professional football players, Canton, Ohio holds a special place in the heart of Russ Grimm.
The former member of the Washington Redskins’ famed “Hogs” offensive line was a 2010 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grimm was a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion with the Redskins. He added a fourth Super Bowl ring as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Grimm, now the offensive line coach and assistant head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, will return to Canton this weekend when the Cardinals take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game.
The Cardinals do not have anybody entering the Hall this year, but Grimm’s induction speech will always spur emotion.
That will undoubtedly be the case again for Grimm as he goes back with son Chad, who has been on the Cardinals coaching staff since 2009. Grimm said this weekend’s trip back to Canton will be humbling, but he’s not going to reflect on two years ago. His priority will be on coaching up the Cardinals' young line.
In Grimm’s first season, Arizona’s offensive line allowed just 24 sacks, the second-fewest in franchise history. That number ballooned to 54 last year, which was second only to the dismal St. Louis Rams as worst in the NFL.
The Cardinals have an embroiling quarterback competition with John Skelton and Kevin Kolb dueling it out. Shoddy offensive line play will only make that competition more difficult.
While Grimm will enjoy seeing his bust in the halls of the Hall, his focus will be on improving his unit so the Cardinals can improve on their 8-8 record from a season ago.
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