I love a good name...particularly a good football name.
The Steelers have a lot of great ones in their history. Roy Blount lists most of them in his book About Three Bricks Shy of a Load: Bob Balog, Byron Beams, Max Kielbasa (coincidently, my high school nickname), Dick Riffle, Walter Szot, Joe Zombeck.
Those are all good names. My favorite though? Current Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm.
Is that not the toughest damn name you ever heard of? Russ Grimm. Say it out loud. Russ. Grimm. It's almost too good to be true.
Let's break it down.
TheFreeDictionary.com defines grim as:
Not bad huh? There's more...
Grim comes from the old English grimm which means "fierce" or "cruel". That comes from the Swedish word grym, which means "furious". And that one comes from the Proto-Indo-European word ghrem which describes the sound of rolling thunder.
Plus, there's Ben Grimm aka The Thing (see above) the toughest comic book character of all time. Literally. Made of pure, solid, rock.
And Wikipedia says this about the temperment of Jack RUSSell Terriers - "Built for speed and strength, they will always be ready to play."
So, add all that up, and this is what you get. Coach Russ Grimm is fierce, furious, ferocious, savage, cruel, and similar to rolling thunder...he's built like a rock...he doesn't budge...and he's always ready to play.
Pretty decent name for a badass offensive line coach, huh?
Oh yeah, also (not Russ Grimm related), I did a google image search for Max Kielbasa...no luck. However, there is a Maxine Kielbasa. And yep, she's a beaut.
Maxine says hi.