Talking with former NFL player Darryl Grant

San Francisco 49ers vs Washington Redskins at Candlestick Park Monday, November 21, 1988.  49ers beat Redskins 37-21.  Washington Redskins defensive tackle Darryl Grant (77).  (AP Photo/Al Golub)

San Francisco 49ers vs Washington Redskins at Candlestick Park Monday, November 21, 1988. 49ers beat Redskins 37-21. Washington Redskins defensive tackle Darryl Grant (77). (AP Photo/Al Golub)

Darryl Grant played defensive tackle for eleven seasons for the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Grant played college football at Rice University.

Grant was drafted by the Redskins in the ninth round of the 1981 NFL Draft. The Redskins decided to turn him into a defensive lineman, even though he played offensive guard in college. After using his 1981 rookie year to adjust to the rigors of playing defensive tackle in the NFL, Grant joined the defensive line rotation starting in 1982.

Grant went on to become a fixture on Joe Gibbs’ Redskins teams in the 1980s. Grant was one of the contributors during a period (his Redskins career 1981–1990) that saw the Redskins make the playoffs six times, including three trips to the Super Bowl (two wins) and four conference championship appearances (three wins).

Interview with Grant of the past and present.

Where do you live now? The DMV.  DC, Maryland, Virginia. Metropolitan, Washington DC.Area.

What are you up to these days? Retired

What is your fondest memory about playing in the NFL? Teammates and playoffs.

Why do you think you made it when so many others have tried, but failed to make in the NFL? Drive and determination along with luck.

Do you have aches and pains from playing? Yes

Do you still keep in touch with any of your teammates? Yes

Is there any difference between the NFL when you played and now? If so, what the biggest difference? Easier practice and way more money

If you could rewind your NFL experience would you change anything? The loss to the Raiders

What advice would you give any kid that has a dream of playing in the National Football League? It’s hard work. The NFL is no Joke.

You can follow Darryl Grant at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215883885

Take care,

Joseph Muia

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