Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Notes on Colts GM candidate Grigson
By Paul Kuharsky
Philadelphia Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson has interviewed for a second time with Jim Irsay for the Indianapolis Colts' vacant general manager position, suggesting he’s emerged as a front-runner, Adam Schefter is reporting.
Some notes on Grigson, who turns 40 in February, courtesy of the Eagles:
- A native of Highland, Ind., he played tight end and offensive tackle for the Purdue Boilermakers from 1991-94, serving as a captain during his senior year.
- He’s been in his current post with Philadelphia for two seasons after four years as the team’s director of college scouting.
- He’s on the Butkus Award selection committee where he helps select the nation’s top collegiate linebacker.
- During 12 years as an NFL talent evaluator, Grigson’s teams have been to the playoffs seven times and have made three trips to the Super Bowl including winning one Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams.
- Grigson has a good feel for the entire country. With the Rams, he started as a national combine scout before being promoted to an area scout, working in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast regions during his tenure. He was the Eagles’ Western regional scout when he moved on to Philadelphia.
- He was a sixth-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals out of Purdue in 1995. He spent that season as an offensive lineman with the Detroit Lions, then was with the team in training camp in 1996. He played with Toronto of the CFL in 1997 before a back injury ended his playing career.
- Following his playing career, Grigson became a pro scout with Saskatchewan of the CFL and an assistant coach at McPherson College in Kansas in 1998. He then joined the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League in 1999 as a player personnel coordinator and assistant coach.
- His younger brother Dru is currently a Midwest scout for the Arizona Cardinals.
- He and his wife, Cynthia, have two daughters and three sons.