Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Former Hokie, Current Tampa Bay Buc Grimm Out For Season

Former Virginia Tech walk-on Cody Grimm, the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman and current Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm, was injured Sunday in an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Grimm was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and in July he signed a four-year contract worth $1.85 million.

Grimm earned a spot on the Buccaneers' 53-man roster in September and shortly thereafter he replaced Tanard Jackson as the team's starting free safety after Jackson was suspended a year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Grimm attended and played high school football at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia, where he lettered three times. As an outside linebacker, he finished his senior season with 127 total tackles, seven interceptions and three quarterback sacks. He also caught 17 passes for 278 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end. That season, he helped Oakton win their first district championship in 25 years.[8] After the season, Grimm earned first-team all-state and Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year honors.

After graduating from Oakton, Grimm had one football scholarship offer, which was from Division I-AA William & Mary. He got recruiting offers to come in as a walk-on from Virginia, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. He decided on Virginia Tech.

Grimm also played lacrosse for Oakton. He lettered three times and led team to three state championships and was an all-American midfielder recruited by Georgetown, Loyola and UVA.

His senior year at Blacksburg, Grimm had 106 total tackles, four sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss during his senior season. He was awarded the 2009 Dudley Award, which is named for former Virginia standout "Bullet" Bill Dudley and is given to the state's top Division I player. Grimm also earned first-team all-ACC honors and third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press.

Grimm broke the fibula in his left leg and is lost for the remainder of the season.

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