Virginia Tech’s track record with walk-ons — John Engelberger (Lee), Cody Grimm (Oakton), Will Montgomery (Centreville, and now a starter for the Redskins) and senior linebacker Jack Tyler (Oakton) all became mainstays in the Hokies’ lineup — convinced Trimble he should head to Southwest Virginia.
“He was too good for Buffalo,” Foster said this week.
Football kept in perspective
For a family full of football players, the sport rarely came up in the Trimble household. Steve Trimble, naturally quiet and reserved, wanted it that way.
“He put football in perspective. Football was a way in which to get things in life,” Gretchen Trimble said. “If you knew Steve, in Cumberland, Md., they idolized him [after he led Fort Hill High to a state championship in 1975] and Steve didn’t want that, and I didn’t want that. They have a hard enough time living in each other’s shadows.”
The only moments Steve Trimble mentioned his accomplishments were when one of his sons would gloat, because “it would shut everyone up,” Gretchen said. As a coach, Trimble measured his success in how much effort his players showed. He compiled a 30-51 record and earned Washington Catholic Athletic Conference coach of the year honors in 2008.
“He just wanted the best out of everyone,” Josh Trimble said. “He was more of a mentor than just a football coach.”
Josh Trimble said this week when friends asked about his father’s football career, he never had a good answer. Eventually, he went in search of highlight videos on his own. But the sheer magnitude of Steve Trimble’s accomplishments — he was a member of Maryland’s 1976 ACC championship team and held several state track and field records — have only come into focus since his death. Talking about his career has helped with the grieving process.
“It gives us an outlet,” Justin Trimble said. “That part of our life can still be there.”
Just last week, Gretchen Trimble found an article on the Internet ranking the top 10 ArenaBowl performances in the history of the Arena Football League and sent the link to her sons. (Jeremy, 27, is currently stationed in South Korea. Jordan, 25, just returned from a tour in Afghanistan and currently lives at Fort Stewart in Georgia.)
Steve Trimble was No. 10 on the list after finishing with a record three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, as a member of the Denver Dynamite in the inaugural ArenaBowl in 1987.