If there’s anybody an young footballer should look up to, it’s Ryan Grigson. There’s no doubt he has great passion in football. When he got injured in college, he didn’t stop pursuing his goals. Everyone thought he won’t be able to play anymore due to how severe his injury was. However, he proved everyone wrong when he came back the next year. He even became one of the captains for his college team. A lot of college teams saw his great potential as he was drafted out of college in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. It didn’t work out for the teams he played there but he didn’t let that stop him from reaching his goals. He went to Canada and continued his professional career there. Of course, things don’t always go as planned as he ended up getting injured once again. This sport isn’t ballet after all. It’s a very physical sport so you don’t have to look down on yourself when you get injured. When you don’t get injured for a long time, you’re very lucky.
When his professional career ended, he didn’t want to leave the sport. He still wanted to contribute to teams in the best way he can. Since he had a great eye for talent, he was hired as a scout by the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. During his tenure as a scout, he met a lot of up and coming players. He made excellent recommendations on who should be drafted and who shouldn’t. Of course, his long experience playing the sport helped him in his decision making.
As the General Manager for the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Grigson showed great potential for his decision making. He’s very young for someone at his position and he was a lot better than his counterparts. He led the Colts to huge wins over some of their most fiercest rivals. He was a big reason the Colts improved their win-loss record drastically despite the fact that they retained most of their roster. The season before that, they had a 2-14 record. When Grigson took over, they finished with an 11-5 record and Grigson’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed as he won Executive of the Year from two publications. After that, he made a great move when he acquired Trent Richardson after the team was looking to replace the production left by the injury to Vick Ballard.
In fact, Colts management saw him as their catalyst in the future when they decided to extend his contract through 2019. He made so many convincing decisions that not only pleased management but their fan base too. It didn’t take long for attendance in their games to increase. Fans saw how determined Grigson was to improve the team’s weaknesses. He moved the team’s liabilities and turned them into awesome assets. Other than signing good players, he also got coaches who knew their roles. It was only a matter of time before good things happened to the team he vowed to take to the promised land.