CSN Honors Boomer Grigsby With Naming of National Award
Boomer Grigsby
Boomer Grigsby

Jan. 6, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. - Former Illinois State football All-American and Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Famer Boomer Grigsby is one of the most celebrated players in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) history. For all of his accomplishments, the defensive player of the year award presented by College Sporting News has been named in honor Grigsby.

The award is given annually by CSN, the largest and oldest news service solely devoted to publishing original content and other information of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

At Illinois State, Grigsby was a three-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year, making him the only player in league history to accomplish that feat. Grigsby owns the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Illinois State career tackles record with 580, which was an NCAA record mark at the time.

Grigsby was an All-American for three-straight years (2002, 2003 and 2004) and was also a three-time finalist in The Sports Network's Buck Buchanan Award voting as the nation's top FCS defensive player. He is the only player in the history of the award to finish in the top-three for three-consecutive years.

He has been inducted into the Canton High School and Illinois State Halls of Fame and was selected as a member of the MVFC All-Select NFL team and Silver Anniversary Team (announced in 2009). Following his decorated collegiate career, Grigsby was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Chiefs, before finishing his career with stops with the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans.



Grigsby continues his relationship with Illinois State as the color analyst for Redbird football broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and has also served as a television analyst for IHSA football playoff broadcasts for the past two seasons.

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