forces fumble at Shrine Game; East wins 45-27
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[JAN. 17, 2005]
Calif. -- As only the second Illinois State football player to ever
play in the East-West Shrine Game, linebacker
made sure his opportunity was a memorable one. He finished the game
with four tackles, forced a fumble on the kickoff coverage team and
celebrated a 45-27 victory with his East teammates Saturday
afternoon at SBC Park.
Grigsby wasn't intimated being on the
same field with all the college football all-stars.
"I knew going in that I could have
started for every program represented at this game," Grigsby said.
"I didn't have butterflies at all walking onto the field, especially
after practice with and against them all week. The only time I
really had (butterflies) was on that kickoff coverage when I
realized that (the West's) wedge was all offensive lineman and they
were all about 330 (pounds). I just went in there and hit them as
hard as I could. There was a massive collision. I think I broke part
of my helmet, and mouth guards were flying everywhere."
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Grigsby was one of three middle
linebackers on the East roster and didn't see the playing time he
was hoping for but still appreciated the opportunity.
"It was exciting," Grigsby said. "It
was great to be on the field competing with the best of the best.
The speed of the game was fast, and it was just great to be a part
of. I didn't get as many reps as I
would have hoped for, but they wanted to make
sure everybody got some time and I can
Grigsby joins ISU alum Chad Pegues
(1998) as a Shrine Game veteran.
assistant athletics director, media relations,