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Woodrow Call
03-04-2007, 11:08 PM
http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2007/03/04/sports/124053.txt

Grigsby returns to train with Redbird coaches

NORMAL - Boomer Grigsby has been getting back to his football roots, returning to the Illinois State campus where he became an All-American linebacker to train with the current Redbirds.

After two years in the NFL, Grigsby will begin looking more like he did as a Redbird in the coming season. The Kansas City Chiefs have changed Grigsby's number from 51 to the 46 of his glory days at Hancock Stadium.

The Chiefs, however, have a much more radical change in mind for Grigsby with a position switch from linebacker to fullback.

"It's a golden opportunity, and I have a desire to do it," said Grigsby, who spent his first two seasons with the Chiefs as a reserve linebacker and special terms performer. "I'm excited to be wanted. It's a new challenge."

Grigsby began working with the Kansas City running backs coach last season when fullback Ronnie Cruz suffered a season-ending knee injury. H-back Kris Wilson was moved to fullback, but the Chiefs feel Wilson's talents are better suited for H-back.

"They trained me as a goal-line fullback in case anybody went down," said Grigsby. "I looked pretty natural at it and I like it. They said I've got speed, strength, leverage and attitude. And they think I'm smart enough to pick up an offensive position."

That led to a postseason discussion with Kansas City coach Herman Edwards.

"I was already thinking about it, but he had made the decision already," Grigsby said. "He told me it (fullback) was my best chance to be playing and be a star in the NFL."

The 5-foot-11, 249-pound Grigsby has no experience as a running back, but he has an extensive background as a hitter.

"All it is, is a linebacker on offense. I get to block for who I think is the best running back in the league," Grigsby said of All-Pro tailback Larry Johnson. "They are not bringing me over to hand me the ball. They are bringing me over to pave the way for Larry."

In preparation for his new role, Grigsby has returned to ISU to work out under the supervision of Redbird strength coaches Rohrk Cutchlow and Landon Evans.

"They are outstanding. So far it's been remarkable. I've already thrown on 10 pounds of muscle mass," said Grigsby. "One thing I love about Bloomington-Normal is it's so easy to focus. It makes me remember how hard I had to work to get there (the NFL).

"I'm sacrificing some fun and great weather so when I get back to Kansas City I can hit it running and not start from scratch. I'm trying to get as familiar with it in the offseason so I look like I've been doing it for years."

Along with running and yoga classes, the three-time Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year is working to strengthen his neck and back to better absorb the pounding of blocking as a fullback.

The 25-year-old Grigsby will return to Kansas City later this month to begin fullback-specific drills with the Chiefs' coaching staff.

While he won't often be asked to carry the football or catch passes often, Grigsby wants to be prepared if needed.

"They told me to catch a lot of balls," he said. "I stole a ball from ISU. I'll make sure I get it back to them. I think I'll be a two-handed ball carrier and not take the risk of fumbling."

Grigsby, who will continue in his special teams role with the Chiefs, believes he can be an effective blocker even against top flight NFL defenders.

"I feel out of a three-point stance I'm faster than any linebacker in the league," he said. "I will beat them to the line of scrimmage. And it's not just about running people over. Sometimes it's just get in the way and not get run over, just get my arms on a guy good enough so Larry can keep going."

After two seasons of bone-rattling collisions on special teams, Grigsby is not intimidated by the prospect of taking on linebackers such as Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis.

"They are great players, but I would much rather hit one man than two any day," said Grigsby, who is entering the third and final year of his original contract with the Chiefs. "I play wedge buster on kickoffs. I'm in a 50-yard sprint running at a guys in a 20- or 30-yard sprint."

While moving from linebacker to fullback might seem like a monumental adjustment, Grigsby simplifies the matter.

"When it comes down to it, it's all hitting," he said. "It's not like I'm a quarterback."

pr_capone
03-04-2007, 11:15 PM
GDI

I love this kid.

Such a positive attitude and a great work ethic.

If half the starters showed half as much enthusiasm and desire to play as Boomer does, we would be f00kin SB contenders every year.

This kid better retire as a Chief.

TinyEvel
03-04-2007, 11:25 PM
This is pretty awesome.

I recently returned to The 2 For 1 Pizza Co. in Canoga Park to re-hoan my pizza dough tossin' skills and reacquaint myself with how to spread an impossibly thin amout of sauce and cheese on the dough before putting "one topping per slice" on the pie.
They had to remind me "Don't eat the pepperoni from the prep table" and I thanked my old manager for giving me that raise from $3.35 per hour to $3.50 per hour.

Never forget where you're from.

big nasty kcnut
03-04-2007, 11:26 PM
I like it but i was hoping that the secret weapon would be fullback.

SNR
03-04-2007, 11:40 PM
Boomer Grigsby > Joe Hall

ferrarispider95
03-04-2007, 11:42 PM
great article, looking forward to boomer clearing the way for lj like a mack truck

el borracho
03-05-2007, 01:18 AM
"I've already thrown on 10 pounds of muscle mass," said Grigsby.

Does that mean he now weighs 259?


I wonder how difficult it will be for him not to just tackle everybody.

DaneMcCloud
03-05-2007, 01:46 AM
I have no idea whether this will pan out or not but you have to love his enthusiasm. He's obviously not the most gifted linebacker or gifted fullback but he has passion for the game. Hopefully that will carry him to success.

kcfanXIII
03-05-2007, 01:53 AM
whats next for big foot? i love this move. kick some ass boomer.

"its all hitting"

J Diddy
03-05-2007, 02:48 AM
This is pretty awesome.

I recently returned to The 2 For 1 Pizza Co. in Canoga Park to re-hoan my pizza dough tossin' skills and reacquaint myself with how to spread an impossibly thin amout of sauce and cheese on the dough before putting "one topping per slice" on the pie.
They had to remind me "Don't eat the pepperoni from the prep table" and I thanked my old manager for giving me that raise from $3.35 per hour to $3.50 per hour.

Never forget where you're from.

I love that analogy, as a pizza manager I appreciate the opportunity to belittle my profession. I would like to point out to you I missed 6 digits last year by 30000 and would like to invite you to go **** yourself

BigRedChief
03-05-2007, 07:02 AM
This is a football player we can all relate too. He's trying as hard as he can with what talent he was given.

He's about as close to one of us as any player on the Chiefs. Someone that you might share a beer with after work or on the weekend.
I've met him on several occasions. He's very down to earth and not elitist in the slighest.

He's a person we can be glad is wearing the colors of our team. How many players can we say that about?

crazycoffey
03-05-2007, 07:25 AM
I agree with many of you, his attitude is awe striking, I think the only reason he wasn't making it to the starting lineup is his size at LB, he's very athletic and very passionate about football. I hope this works for him as much as for us as fans.

He should have a pretty good understanding of defensive schemes too for pass protection, but without having a running start, we'll have to see how quickly he picks that skill up.

As far as Bigfoot, could he be a WR? You know the kind we keep saying Herm wants. Bigger, blocking WR, possession type, Gardner type? I know it's thirty pounds on the chief's site (some of that could be fluffed numbers, because he's listed as a TE, he doesn't look that big)

Gardner, Rod (http://www.kcchiefs.com/player/rod_gardner/)WR 6-2, 219

Wilson, Kris (http://www.kcchiefs.com/player/kris_wilson/)TE 6-2,251


56Johnson, Derrick (http://www.kcchiefs.com/player/derrick_johnson/)LB,6-3,242

Do you all think Wilson aka bigfoot looks one inch shorter and 11 pounds heavier than DJ? I haven't seen either up close, only on TV, so it's a real question.

and the other thought would be that maybe it's time to think about a trade involving wilson, he did some good out of the backfield last year, few good blocks, ran a couple of times and I remember a TD catch that look like he had to stretch for it.


Just a few thoughts, what do you all say.

acesn8s
03-05-2007, 07:35 AM
This is a football player we can all relate too.

He's about as close to one of us as any player on the Chiefs. Someone that you might share a beer with after work or on the weekend.

are we talking about Grigsby or Jared Allen?

Dark Horse
03-05-2007, 07:36 AM
I too really like Boomers attitude but for a guy to be in the league a couple of years and then be asked to change positions is not a good sign for him. Its probably his one last chance. I don't think bigfoot has much to worry about from him.

StcChief
03-05-2007, 07:48 AM
Boomer is what NFL players are suppose to be.

dtrain
03-05-2007, 08:01 AM
The Chiefs should give him an extension now before it's to late.

TinyEvel
03-05-2007, 09:05 AM
I love that analogy, as a pizza manager I appreciate the opportunity to belittle my profession. I would like to point out to you I missed 6 digits last year by 30000 and would like to invite you to go **** yourself

Dude, you took that completely wrong. It was mainly a slam on my slacker early days and the budget-minded pizza making skills of my employer. But when you're selling two large 1-toppings for 9.99 you've got to run a tight ship. But based on your post, you know that, right? I have serious respect for food service individuals. I am always sincere and polite to them. And if you're closing in on six digits as a manager, congrats to you, sir.

HonestChieffan
03-05-2007, 09:17 AM
Boomer rocks...real kid, not a jerk, has heart

BigRedChief
03-05-2007, 09:24 AM
I love that analogy, as a pizza manager I appreciate the opportunity to belittle my profession. I would like to point out to you I missed 6 digits last year by 30000 and would like to invite you to go **** yourself
Wow now I know how you can afford to go to Indy.:)

crazycoffey
03-05-2007, 10:24 AM
are we talking about Grigsby or Jared Allen?


personality wise aren't they about the same?

Chief Henry
03-05-2007, 10:54 AM
Boomer is one hell of a kid. I can't wait to see him jack up a Donk on the goal line.

I wonder what his hands are like ?

Mr. Laz
03-05-2007, 11:11 AM
:clap:

StcChief
03-05-2007, 11:27 AM
This is a football player we can all relate too. He's trying as hard as he can with what talent he was given.

He's about as close to one of us as any player on the Chiefs. Someone that you might share a beer with after work or on the weekend.
I've met him on several occasions. He's very down to earth and not elitist in the slighest.

He's a person we can be glad is wearing the colors of our team. How many players can we say that about?

Solid roots in small town Canton, Il. in middle America. character building starts early in life.

If you haven't seen 'The Invincible' Rent it.... has alot of the same feel.

alpha_omega
03-05-2007, 11:28 AM
Nice read...i really like Boomer.

I bet Scanlon couldn't switch to FB!

Direckshun
03-05-2007, 12:48 PM
"All it is, is a linebacker on offense. I get to block for who I think is the best running back in the league," Grigsby said of All-Pro tailback Larry Johnson. "They are not bringing me over to hand me the ball. They are bringing me over to pave the way for Larry."
LJ IS TEH CANCERZ!!!1

Knob
03-05-2007, 12:52 PM
Bigfoot Wilson(after practice one day): Hey Man what are you trying to prove out there going full speed and all? Who do you think you are superman?

Boomer: I've just gotta do my best to get the starters ready for the Denver game.

Tony G: Layoff of wilson. If you had half the heart of Boomer you'd be allpro.



RUDY.........RUDY........RUDY......... ROFL

BigRedChief
03-05-2007, 07:35 PM
Bigfoot Wilson(after practice one day): Hey Man what are you trying to prove out there going full speed and all? Who do you think you are superman?

Boomer: I've just gotta do my best to get the starters ready for the Denver game.

Tony G: Layoff of wilson. If you had half the heart of Boomer you'd be allpro.



RUDY.........RUDY........RUDY......... ROFL
No it's BOOMER.......BOOMER.........BOOMER