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Monday, June 1, 2009

Ed Grimm (Inducted 2008)

Ed Grimm biography from Hall of Fame Induction 2008.
 
Ed Grimm (Class of 1951) was the heart and soul of a football team that ran off a string of eighteen wins in a row, dating back to their sophomore football seeason of 1948.  This team went undefeated through their junior and senior football seasons and culminated their careers with an undefeated and unscored upon senior season.  Many considered them one of the best teams in the state their senior year.  Grimm played center during a time where the center determined a lot of the success of a team as they many times would snap the ball directly to a running back while they were running by them on a sweep rather than hand it off from the quarterback.  Teams ran up to four backs in the backfield at once and the center had to be able to snap the ball with great efficiency to any of the four backs.
 
Ed Grimm was a devastating linebacker on defense, his size and speed were unmatched as they shut out teams consistently through his four years of play.  Grimm's play did not go unnoticed as he ws selected as a High School All-American Football Player and played in the North versus South All-American Football game at Krump Stadium in Memphis Tennessee his senior year.  He is Perham's only High School All-American.  Grimm was a four-year letter winner in football and was an All-Conference player that thrilled local crowds with his tenacious play.  After graduation Ed played football at the University of North Dakota until an injury from a car accident ended his college career.
 
Grimm went on to being self-emplyed and then worked heavy construction from 1960 through 1974, building bridges and tunnel for the Oster Company and later from 1974 through 1980 for the Lund Company.  Ed built the Lyndale Street Tunnel and the Portland-Hiawatha Street tunnels in the Minneapolis area and the twelfth avenue bridge in Fargo.  Ed was written up in a national engineering magazine and was credited for inventing a construction technique for pouring cement and constructing tunnels in a faster, more efficient manner, leading to the successful completion of many of the tunnels you still drive through in the Minneapolis area.  Grimm still lives in the Perham area and has a dynamic personality that is consistent with his play on the football field.
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