Chet Grimsley

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Chet Grimsley, The White Golden Bull, Photo taken 2010

Chet L. Grimsley (born July 14, 1956) at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta Georgia is notably the first White American Student Athlete from the C.I.A.A. Chet Grimsley pledged, and subsequently became a member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship from Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black university (HBCU). In 1976 Grimsley received the M.V.P. Award and the Pettis Norman Award for football. Grimsley was also named to the First Team all CIAA and received Eastern Airlines Most Valuable Player All American. Grimsley was also the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athlete of the Month at an HBCU.


Early life[edit]

Chet Grimsley was born 14 July 1956 in Atlanta, GA.Grimsley follows in his father’s footsteps. Grimsley’s father, Chester Ramon Grimsley, was an All-State football player for State Champion Tift County High School and at 6 ft 8 inches and 270 lbs, went on to play for the University of Alabama on a football scholarship. The younger Grimsley was 6 ft 5.5 inches and 275 lbs, and recruited to Johnson C. Smith University by Coach Charlie Cox. He was not uncomfortable attending a black university because Grimsley grew up in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia where he was the only white student athlete on the Therrell High School Football Team in 1973 in a predominately black high school. He also participated in baseball and soccer.[1]


Upon arrival at JCSU in 1974, Grimsley was greeted and assisted by Grooves. Couple this positive experience with being a freshman away from home and meeting other Groove members on the football team, Grimsley was inspired to pledge Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc as a sophomore. Grimsley not only excelled in football, but was a consistent fixture on the Dean's List and popular on campus.[2] G Phi G is a social fellowship that's common at H.B.C.U. Mcmahand and Grimsley pledged in the 70s at Johnson C. Smith University and by the way Grimsley is white and was named to the first team CIAA and MVP award for the Golden Bulls of J.C.S.U and both are still friends to this day and by the way Macmahands son Wesley is a starting running back at West Point for Stan Brocks Army Black Knights football team.

Sports career[edit]

Grimsley had an impressive year in 1976, accumulating several accolades including Eastern Airlines Player of the Year, 1976 All-American, 1976 Mr. Football, All CIAA 1st Team. As a senior in 1977, Grimsley was Athlete of the Month and made the difficult decision not to pursue a professional careers as a football player due to his goals and size.[3] After graduating from JCSU, Grimsley was an assistant coach for JCSU in 1978 after graduation and then again in 1999-2000. Grimsley went on to make the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in August 1979. Grimsley joined the United States Army in December 1979 and became the first football player to graduate from the U.S. Military Intelligence School. He was also an All-Army wrestling champion. Grimsley served in the Army and Army Reserves until 1986. Additionally, Grimsley was a bodyguard who worked with Diana Ross, Jim & Tammy Faye Baker and Gary Coleman.A Gentle Giant Helps The Young And Old By Chris Starks The Rockdale Ga Citrzen News October 31, 1997 Grimsley then took a more traditional career approach by becoming a manager for Marshall’s and subsequently, Supervisor Retail Distribution for the same organization.[4]

After Retirement[edit]

Chet Big Hog now volunteers at Shriners Hospitals for Children.[5] Chet L Grimsley is a Hall of Fame member and played football with Canadian Football Hall of Fame Grover Covington and worked with Hall of Fame member and wrestler Sylvester Ritter aka WWE Hall of Famestar The Junkyard Dog. Grimsley resides in Blairsville, Georgia a city in North Georgia Union County, Georgia In the United States.


Grimsley's autobiography, "The White Golden Bull" published by Xulon Press, ISBN 9781607912552 [6] His second book published by Too Smart Publishing was "The White Golden Bull: How Faith in God Transcended Racial Barriers", ISBN 9780979692857. The book chronicles his experience growing up in Atlanta, Georgia and his journey to play football for Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina a historically black college in the early 1970s.

Chet credits God, teachers, coaches, teammates and Groove Phi Groove SFI and his faith in God for giving him the strength and ability to overcome diversity and challenges.[7] In 1995, Chet was inducted in the Johnson C. Smith University Sports Hall of Fame along with Canadian Football League Hall of Fame Grover Covington[8]


Chet and his wife Donna Dillard Grimsley live in Blairsville, Georgia with their two dogs - Dukes and Daisy. Chet has served on the board for the Humane Society.


Windstream Communications produced two 30 minute shows called "Common Cup" on Chet's life and book "The White Golden Bull".[9]


  1. ^ Perry, Barbara Lynn (December 29, 2002). "Take a look at him now". The Cherokee, GA Tribune. 
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  3. ^ Goode, Donvan (October 1977). "Athlete of the Month, sec. Sports: 10". The University Student News. JCSU. 
  4. ^ Hayes, Hal (May 3, 1995), "Body Guard Chet Grimsley Cherishes Sports Honors", The Atlanta Journal and Constitution 
  5. ^ Jones, Jennfer (February 14, 2009). "Sports Star Has Big Heart". Cherokee Tribune Cherokee Ga. 
  6. ^ Grimsley, Chet (January 20, 2009). "The White Golden Bull". Xulon Press.  [1]
  7. ^ Bethea, Allen (January 12, 2011). "Chet Grimsley, "White Golden Bull" writes on days as a white JSCU football star". Examiner. 
  8. ^ "Famous Johnson C. Smith University Alumni". Ranker. 
  9. ^ "The White Golden Bull".