When Colts owner Jim Irsay stepped to the podium on Jan. 2 to announce that the organization was moving in a different direction, he talked about finding a new general manager that had a ‘vision and a direction back to greatness.’
After over a week of gathering information and contacting various candidates, Irsay has found that man in Philadelphia Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson.
During Grigson’s 12 years in the NFL, he has been a part of teams that have made the playoffs eight times including three trips to the Super Bowl.
A native of Highland, Ind., Grigson carries an impressive resume of Pro Bowl players that he helped bring into the Eagles organization.
As the Director of College Scouting from 2006-2009, Grigson and the Eagles drafted running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. McCoy was the second leading rusher in the NFC this past season and along with Jackson, they have combined to make three Pro Bowls in their young careers.
In 2010, Grigson took over as the Director of Player Personnel and made a splash in free agency during the past two off-seasons.
He helped bring in six Pro Bowl players in the past two seasons, highlighted by defensive end Jason Babin and his 18 sacks in 2011. In an effort to sure up the secondary, Grigson and the Eagles signed cornerbacks Nnmadi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Prior to joining the Eagles as a regional scout in 2003, Grigson spent three seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a National Combine and Area Scout.
Grigson, 39, played his college football at Purdue and was the team captain in 1994 on the Boilermakers first winning team in a decade.
He is married to his wife, Cynthia, and is the father of five children.
by Kevin Bowen
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