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Roosevelt Grier

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Football Player

The Resume

    (June 14, 1932- )
    Born in Cuthbert, Georgia
    Named after U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Nickname is Rosey
    Played in the NFL for 11 years with the New York Giants (1955-62) and the Los Angeles Rams (1963-66)
    Played in 141 NFL games
    Seven-time All-Pro lineman/defensive tackle (1956, 1958-63)
    Two-time Pro Bowler (1956, 1960)
    Recorded the songs 'Sincerely,' 'Moonlight in Vermont,' 'Pizza Pie Man,' 'Fool, Fool, Fool,' 'In My Tenement,' 'Slow Drag,' 'Who's Got the Ball (Y'all),' 'High Society Woman,' 'Hard to Forget,' 'Bad News,' 'Rat Race,' 'Beautiful People,' 'If You Hit on a Good Lick, Lay on It' and 'It's Alright to Cry'
    Acted in 'The Thing with Two Heads (1972),' 'Skyjacked (1972),' 'Timber Tramps (1975),' 'Rabbit Test (1978),' 'The Glove (1979),' 'The Gong Show Movie (1980)' and 'Reggie's Prayer (1996)'
    Ordained as a minister in 1983 and created a center for inner-city teens, developing spiritual and educational programs
    Wrote the book 'Rosey, an Autobiography: The Gentle Giant' (1986)

Why he might be annoying:

    He had to retire from football when he tore an Achilles tendon (1967).
    The closest any of his records came to the Billboard charts was his 1968 song 'People Make the World,' peaking at #126.
    His 1969 comedy/musical variety TV series 'The Rosey Grier Show' lasted just one season.
    He's taken a lot of flak for his hobbies of needlepoint and macramé, even writing the book 'Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men' (1973).
    After turning Republican, he supported the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority.
    Though he never met him before 1994, he became the spiritual counselor of accused murderer O.J. Simpson.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He is the cousin of actress Pam Grier.
    Guest starring on a 1965 episode of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,' he and Jim Brown became the first football players turned actors.
    As Bobby Kennedy was being shot, he lunged at gunman Sirhan Sirhan and jammed his thumb against the trigger, preventing any more rounds from going off (June 5, 1968).
    When the angry crowd wanted vigilante justice against Sirhan he prevented it, stating, 'I would not let more violence happen.'
    He co-founded American Neighborhood Enterprises, an charity that works to help disadvantaged folks buy homes and receive job training.
    He's been on the board of directors for the Special Olympics since 1968 and a board of trustees member for the Milken Family Foundation which funds worthy social causes.

Credit: Scar Tactics

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 11 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 15 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 74 Votes: 41.89% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 12 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 27 Votes: 51.85% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 20 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 73 Votes: 47.95% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 48 Votes: 45.83% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 35 Votes: 48.57% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 149 Votes: 35.57% Annoying