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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Grier's role with Brady draft pick

By Mike Reiss

Tim Graham, who covers the AFC East for ESPN.com, writes on the role former Patriots Vice President of Player Personnel Bobby Grier played in the selection of quarterback Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.

Graham's piece previews tonight's "Brady 6" documentary (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET), and he includes comments from former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who said he received one call from an NFL team -- from Grier.

Graham writes: "Bobby Grier hasn't been embraced by New England Patriots fans. Bill Parcells left the Patriots in large part because owner Robert Kraft sided with Grier, the vice president of player personnel, on the selection of Ohio State receiver Terry Glenn in 1996. The rift led to Parcells' infamous "buy the groceries" comment.  Bill Belichick fired Grier in May 2000 to install his vision of the front office. Two weeks before Belichick dumped him, however, Grier played a role in helping the Patriots draft their greatest player."

Graham caught up with Buffalo Sabres forward Mike Grier, the son of Bobby Grier, to ask him about the Brady pick.

"He'll never let me or anyone else know about it or talk about it," Mike Grier said, "but just being around him and talking with my brother, I know that he's pretty proud of that draft class and Tom in particular.

"He did his homework, and for me personally, it's something every time Tom does something and plays the way he does, it puts a smile on my face the way things ended for my dad there in New England. But I think he did a pretty good job. I'm very proud of him for what he did there."