No. 68 Russ Grimm: Redskins guard, 1981-1991
Russ Grimm

Russ Grimm, who as a member of the "Hogs" in the early days of the Washington Redskins helped redefine the role of the offensive lineman from obscure grunt to the heart and soul of a modern pro football offense, will be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grimm was one of the proud, lunch-pail linemen who were the engine behind the high-powered offenses of Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs that won three Super Bowls in the 1980s and early 1990s. Those teams already were represented in the Hall of Fame by Gibbs, running back John Riggins, wide receiver Art Monk and cornerback Darrell Green, but the offensive lines were the foundation for the championships, which were won with three different quarterbacks. The Hogs are celebrated to this day by fans who call themselves Hogettes and wear plastic pig noses and dresses to games. -- Mark Maske

Career timeline

Plays 14 games as a rookie after being drafted in the third round (69th overall) out of the University of Pittsburgh.


Offense averages 152 yards on the ground in the playoffs, and John Riggins rushes for 166 in Super Bowl win over Dolphins.


Redskins (14-2) lead the NFL with 30 rushing touchdowns but lose Super Bowl, 38-9, to Raiders. * Pro Bowl


Starts all 16 games again as Redskins finish 11-5 but lose to Bears in first round of playoffs. * Pro Bowl


Redskins (10-6) finish second in NFL with 2,523 rushing yards but miss playoffs on tiebreaker. * Pro Bowl


Redskins go 12-4 but lose, 17-0, to Giants (14-2) in NFC Championship. * Pro Bowl


Starts five games at center before tearing ligament in left knee; returns for Super Bowl victory over Broncos.


Misses 11 games with cartilage damage in left knee; only losing season (7-9) in his Redskins career.


Redskins lead league in passing yards but miss playoffs despite 10-6 record after finishing behind Giants and Eagles.


Plays 15 games as Redskins (10-6) get wild card but lose in second round to the '49ers.


Offense racks up 21 rushing touchdowns (first in NFL) and 30 passing (second) en route to a 14-2 finish and 37-24 Super Bowl win over Bills.

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