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In keeping with the football theme, let’s discuss Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier. Rosey’s football career started in 1955 when he joined the New York Giants as the 31st overall pick in the third round of the draft. With his 6’ 5” stature, I think Giants a perfect marriage of name and height.
He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1966 playing as part of the “Fearsome Foursome” with Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Deacon Jones. Rosey played for three more years before a torn achilles tendon retired him from football.
*Destiny rubbed his hands together.*
After retirement Rosey hosted his eponymous TV show, the Rosey Grier Show, airing in Los Angeles—discussing community affairs.
His friendship with Bobby Kennedy cemented Grier’s place in history. Rosey served as a body guard for Kennedy when the young senator campaigned in Los Angeles in 1968. While guarding Bobby’s wife, Ethel, shots were fired by Sirhan Sirhan wounding and ultimately killing Kennedy.
Rosey ran toward the noise. A group of men, George Plimpton, Pete Hamill, and Rafer Johnson, tackled the gunman. Sirhan held the gun to Plimpton’s face and Rosey wrench the gun from Sirhan’s hands preventing more bloodshed. A crowd of angry bystanders charged Sirhan, one wrenching his leg. Rosey fought back the crowd preventing more violence. Sirhan is still serving a life sentence at Donovan Correctional Facility in southern California.
On a happier note in 1968, Rosey toured with Bob Hope’s USO tours. He enjoyed a recording career and became famous in the 1970’s for his non-traditional hobbies of needlepoint and macrame. He authored several books including “Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint for Men” in 1973.
Rosey’s acting career included commercials, movies, and TV roles from “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “Kojak,” “CHiPs,” on up to a voice guest in 1999 on “The Simpsons”.
The biggest change for the talented man came in 1983 when he became an ordained Presbyterian minister. Nowadays he travels the U.S. working as an inspirational speaker.
Rosey Grier, you’ve had quite a career. Can’t wait to see what you do next.
But that’s not all, on January 5, 2017, at the age of 84, he announced his candidacy to run for the Governor of the state of California.
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Photo credit: Luke Ford.