John Grimsley

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John Grimsley
No. 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-02-25)February 25, 1962
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Date of death: February 6, 2008(2008-02-06) (aged 45)
Place of death: Missouri City, Texas
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL draft: 1984 / Round: 6 / Pick: 141
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 2
Interceptions: 1
Games: 133
Stats at

John Glenn Grimsley (February 25, 1962 – February 6, 2008) was an American linebacker in the National Football League who played for seven seasons for the Houston Oilers.

Grimsley was born in Canton, Ohio, where he graduated from McKinley High School. He played college football at Kentucky under coach Jerry Claiborne.

Grimsley was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1988 season. In 1991, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins and stayed there until he retired in 1993.[1]

He died of an accidental gunshot wound at his home in Missouri City, Texas on February 6, 2008.[2] After his death, he was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a result of his football career.[3]


  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-02-07). "Grimsley killed in apparent gun cleaning accident". Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Houston Oiler dies in shooting accident". WFAA-TV. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2009-10-25. [dead link]
  3. ^ Schwartz, Alan (2008-09-23). "12 Athletes Leaving Brains to Concussion Study". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-25.