it seems like texanfan88 (edit spelling) and I are the only fellas that are interested in Boomer Grigsby
this guy is the best linebacker in the country and if he played for the university of austin he would be a first rounder
here are some quotes from his bio
Boomer Grigsby 6'1" 240+lbs 4.52 sec 40 yrd dash
my favorite part:
USTA Trampoline and double mini champion and a member of the AAU national team ... three-time AAU AllAmerican Trampoline Award winner ...
Boomer is an amazingly deadly tackler, who levels opponents with his crushing hits. He has good size and has amazing strength to match his play on the field. He is quick on his feet, and is blessed with very good speed for an ILB. He is the type of player that other teams will need to play around, if they have any hopes of beating him. While many would expect him to be a flashy, cocky player, he is the exact opposite. A mild mannered, team player is exactly what Boomer embodies. Hes a true beast in the weight room and works endlessly to improve on his game
2004 Buck Buchanan Award Preseason Candidate
2003 Gateway Defensive Player of the Year
2003 All-Gateway First Team
Finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (2003)
2003 I-AA.org Defensive Player of the Year
2003 Associated Press First Team All-American
2003 AFCA All-American
2003 The Sports Network First Team All-American
2003 Don Hansen Football Gazette First Team All-American
2003 CSTV I-AA Football All-American
2003 CollegeSportsReport.com All-American
2002 Gateway Defensive Player of the Year
2002 All-Gateway First Team
Finished third in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (2002)
2002 The Sports Network First Team All-American
2002 Don Hansen Football Gazette First Team All-American
2002 Dopke.com Performer of the Year
2002 The College Sporting News/I-AA.org All-Star Team
2002 Associated Press Second Team All-American
2001 All-GFC Honorable Mention
2001 All-Gateway Newcomer Team
I think that playing on one leg he would be quite an upgrade over foreman
here are some sections of a few articles
For the second straight season Boomer is IAA.orgs Defensive Player of the Year to headline the 40-man all-star team selected by I-AA.org, the worldwide leader in I-AA news distribution.
Grigsby, the only three-time defensive player of the year in conference history, capped off his storied career with the NCAA, Gateway and Illinois State career tackle records with 580 stops. He has received all-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, CollegeSportsReport.com, The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation.
Only six players, including defensive player of the year Grigsby have been repeat selections on the all-star squad. The I-AA.org All-Star squad puts a premium not only on performance, but also on excellence in the classroom, character off the field and other intangibles.
Boomer Grigsby did not expect a lifetime achievement award.
He did not get one Thursday when Cal Poly linebacker Jordan Beck was announced as the Buck Buchanan Award winner at a ceremony in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"No, I don't think so," Grigsby said when asked if he was disappointed in finishing third in balloting for Division I-AA's top defensive player. "I think I have nothing to prove. A lot of the country thinks I'm the best player in I-AA but some maybe not. You pick the battles you can win."
Grigsby, the ISU and Gateway Conference career tackles leader, placed in the top three of the Buchanan voting for an unprecedented third time. He was third as a sophomore and second as a junior.
"I'm the only kid on it for three years. That's enough for me. I got my own record," Grigsby said. "Some people have told me 'they owe it to you for your career.' But that's not really the description of the award. It's for that season. If I was going to get it, it should have been for one of the other two years."
Beck had 135 tackles, 18 1/2 tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks, four interceptions and six forced fumbles as Cal Poly finished 9-2. Beck received 35 first-place votes and 257 points.
Grigsby garnered 15 first-place votes and 152 points. He was in the top five on 44 ballots, while Beck rated top five recognition from 64 voters.
Grigsby had 129 tackles in 10 games his senior year while battling various injuries over the final half of the season. He missed the final game of ISU's season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Grigsby, the three-time Gateway Defensive Player of the Year, isn't going to be tormented by never winning the Buchanan.
"It's a little bit of politics. I'm sure no one in the West or East voted for Boomer," he said. "When it comes down to it, I played hard, played well and tried to win games."
Willam & Mary quarterback Lang Campbell captured the Walter Payton Award for the top player in I-AA. He had 40 first-place votes and 315 points to the 17 votes for first and 185 points of second-place finisher Dustin Long, a Sam Houston State quarterback.
Illinois State linebacker Boomer Grigsby claimed his third and fourth first team all-America honors of the off-season after being named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association Division I-AA Coaches All-America Team Thursday and the Associated Press I-AA All-America Team late Wednesday night.
It was the second straight year Grigsby has been recognized on both teams and he now has received 14 post-season all-America honors in his storied Redbird career.
Grigsby was one of three Gateway Football Conference players tabbed on the AFCA team, joining Western Kentucky offensive lineman Buster Ashley and Western Illinois kicker Justin Langan. The AFCA has selected an all-America team every year since 1945 and Illinois State has had six, including two by Grigsby, first team AFCA All-Americans.
The AFCA's Division I-AA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.
Grigsby is a three-time honoree by the AP, earning first-team honors in 2003 and 2004 and second team recognition in 2002. Other Gateway players selected for the AP first team were Western Kentuckys Ashley, Southern Illinois offensive lineman Elmer McDaniel and Southwest Missouri State kicker Jon Scifres.
Grigsby, the only three-time defensive player of the year in conference history, capped off his storied career with the NCAA, Gateway and Illinois State career tackle records with 580 stops.
what do you guys think?
Last edited by astrofan; 01-12-2005 at 02:24 PM.