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Catching Up With Cody Grimm

Former N.F.L. Safety Returns to Blacksburg

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Cody Grimm was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.  In his N.F.L. career he recorded 73 tackles, two picks, and returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.  That's very impressive.  What is more impressive is that Cody began his career in Blacksburg as a walk on.  Grimm had other opportunities for life after high school.  He was a highly decorated lacrosse player in high school, and I asked him how that decision process went down.  "I always wanted to play football.  I was probably better at lacrosse.  I drew more interest from big schools, but I wanted to play in front of big crowds even if I had to walk on somewhere."  Grimm had one scholarship offer.  That offer came from William & Mary.  The Hokie Nation is glad he chose Blacksburg instead.

When Cody was released in Tampa, it was late August.  That's not a lot of time to find a team for the season.  "I was hoping to get picked up when I first got cut.  Last year I had a couple workouts in the summer time.  I worked out for the Bears, and a mini-camp with Carolina.  By the time I realized I wasn't going to get picked up the season was starting.  The G.A. positions were filled.  So I basically used that year to work out and help kids with training and combine type stuff."  Grimm was training and teaching at Sport and Speed Institute in Chantilly, VA.  He used that time to pursue his dream of playing in the N.F.L. as well as plan for alternatives.

I asked Cody what his game week will be like at Virginia Tech, and his answer surprised me.  "I'm not exactly sure.  I have a couple of buddies that are G.A.'s.  It will be a lot of breaking down film.  Not like I will be calling plays or anything. I will help out wherever needed.  I will mostly be helping out the DB's and the "whip" position which I played at Virginia Tech."  Cody knows a thing or two about playing in the Bud Foster scheme.  Not only did Grimm go from walk on to N.F.L. player, he also won the most valuable defensive player at the Peach Bowl in 2009.  The Hokies beat the Tennessee Volunteers in that tilt, and with Bristol looming, any inside info helps.  Welcome back Cody, glad you're here.

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