Oink! Oink! The first of the famed “Hogs”, Russ Grimm, has arrived in Canton to take his place among the best ever in the hollowed halls.

Appearing in five NFC Championship Games over his 11-year career, the four-time Pro Bowler said that the “so-called” skill position guys—quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs—have a bit of an easier time getting recognized for their play, but added that “talent seems to show itself no matter what football team you’re on or where you play.” The satisfaction of getting in as something other than a “so-called” skill position guy made Grimm’s induction just a little bit better.

One of the greatest experiences in covering the Hall of Fame inductions is witnessing the humble feelings expressed by the greatest players as they near enshrinement. At Friday’s luncheon, the 51-year-old Grimm said he “was thrilled to death” to hear from other HOF’ers like

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