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Ryan Grigson, General Manager


Commitment and competitiveness are two principal themes that embody General Manager Ryan Grigson’s stewardship with the Indianapolis Colts. His commitment to assembling the best team on the field has consistently placed the Colts among the league’s top teams. Indianapolis has finished with 11-5 regular season records in each of the last three years while the team claimed AFC South Division championships in both 2013 and 2014. Grigson became the first general manager in franchise history to have teams reach the playoffs in each of his first three seasons at the helm, which included a 2014 AFC Championship Game appearance.

Grigson has implemented an aggressive approach to building the roster, which has netted significant results. In his first year as general manager in 2012, he overturned 70 percent of the roster as Indianapolis produced a nine-win turnaround, tied for the third-largest in league history. That season, Grigson earned Executive of the Year honors from the Pro Football Writers of America and The Sporting News becoming just the third general manager in team history to receive the award.

Since his start in January of 2012, Grigson has conducted 20 trades, signed 22 unrestricted free agents from other teams and selected 30 players in the NFL Draft. To date he has made more than 850 transactions, making him one of the most active general managers in the league. Arguably, Grigson’s most significant trade came on August 26, 2012 when he dealt a second round draft selection to the Miami Dolphins for cornerback Vontae Davis. In three seasons with the Colts, Davis has totaled 145 tackles while leading the team with 37 passes defensed and tying for the team lead in interceptions with eight. He was voted to his first career Pro Bowl after the 2014 season where he did not allow a single touchdown in coverage.

Known for finding talent outside of traditional measures, Grigson has signed numerous players that have contributed to the team from the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, Indoor Football League, United Football League, Fall Experimental Football League and NCAA basketball. Most notably, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who spent three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL, has emerged as a three-year starter at the position. Grigson’s search has also yielded talent from different continents. In August of 2013, he signed Kenyan-born rugby player Daniel Adongo who had never played football prior to his arrival in Indianapolis. Adongo started the season on the practice squad and just three months later was signed to the active roster where he participated on special teams. Adongo is the first player born in the country of Kenya to compete in an NFL game. Additionally, 2013 first round draft pick Bjoern Werner (Germany) and free agent linebacker Henoc Muamba (Democratic Republic of the Congo) are natives of other countries.

Grigson has capitalized on his balance of free agents, trades and draft acquisitions. Fourteen unrestricted free agents from other teams have started games while nine draft picks have become starters, including five from the 2012 class (QB-Andrew Luck, TE-Coby Fleener, TE-Dwayne Allen, WR-T.Y. Hilton and NT-Josh Chapman). The Colts 2012 rookie contingent gained more scrimmage yards (3,108) than any other rookie class in the league since the 1970 NFL merger.

The 2015 roster was significantly strengthened following an active free agency period and draft. Grigson signed 14 veterans, which included OLB-Trent Cole, RB-Frank Gore, G-Todd Herremans, ILB-Nate Irving, WR-Andre Johnson, DE-Kendall Langford and S-Dwight Lowery along with re-signing Pro Bowl S-Mike Adams and special teamer S-Colt Anderson. Cole comes to Indianapolis with 85.5 career sacks, which ranks second in Philadelphia history over his 10-year career with the Eagles. Gore and Johnson have combined to play in 317 games and lead their previous teams in all-time rushing (Gore with San Francisco, 11,073) and receiving (Johnson with Houston, 13,597). In the 2015 NFL Draft, Indianapolis bolstered its wide receiver corps with the addition of Phillip Dorsett in the first round (29th overall). In 2014, Dorsett earned All-ACC honors with the University of Miami as his 24.2 yards per catch average ranked second in the nation. He also led the conference with 10 touchdown receptions. Grigson tapped into the defensive talent pool with the team’s next four picks including, CB-D’Joun Smith (third round, 65th overall), DE-Henry Anderson (third round, 93rd overall), S-Clayton Geathers (fourth round, 109th overall) and DT-David Parry (fifth round, 151st overall). He concluded the draft with sixth round selections, RB-Josh Robinson (205th overall) and ILB-Amarlo Herrera (207th overall), and seventh round choice T-Denzelle Good (255th overall). The eight-player draft class combined to start in more than 250 career collegiate games.

The 2014 Colts featured the league’s No. 3 overall offense (406.6 ypg.) and No. 6 scoring offense (28.6 ppg.), the highest rankings for the club since 2006 and 2010 respectively. Indianapolis won two playoff games and advanced to the AFC Championship for the first time since 2009. For the second consecutive year, the Colts finished 6-0 against the AFC South and currently hold a 13-game winning streak against the division, which ranks first in the NFL entering the 2015 campaign. Seven members of the team were selected to the Pro Bowl, all of which Grigson was responsible for drafting, trading for or signing/re-signing via free agency (S-Mike Adams, CB-Vontae Davis, WR-T.Y. Hilton, ILB-D’Qwell Jackson, QB-Andrew Luck, P-Pat McAfee and K-Adam Vinatieri). Luck set a franchise record for the most passing yards in a single season (4,761) and led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes. He became just the fifth quarterback since 1970 to record 30-plus victories (33) in the first three seasons of a career, and his 12,957 passing yards are the most of any NFL player in his first three seasons in league history.

In 2013, the Colts posted their second consecutive 11-5 campaign while reaching the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The team clinched their eighth division title since 2002 and became the first team to finish a season with the least amount of turnovers and penalties since the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002. The ability for the Colts to pull together to overcome any obstacle was never more prevalent than their historic 45-44 AFC Wild Card win over the Chiefs. After being down 28 points in the third quarter, the Colts rallied to post the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history.

The team’s astonishing turnaround in 2012 did not come without its fair share of adversity. Grigson was faced with the hurdle of leading an organization through the unchartered waters of being without their head coach, Chuck Pagano, for 12 weeks during the regular season as he battled leukemia. Rallying around their ailing coach, and under Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians, the Colts won nine of their last 11 games to finish second in the AFC South and earn the AFC’s fifth playoff seed. Indianapolis was just the third NFL team to make the playoffs one year after going 2-14 or worse and became the fourth team to win at least 10 games after a season of two-or-fewer victories.

The 2015 season begins Grigson’s 17th year in an NFL front office. He joined the Colts after completing two seasons as director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. Grigson was promoted to the role in 2010 after serving the four previous seasons as the team’s director of college scouting. His first position with the Eagles came as a western regional scout from 2004-05. Philadelphia earned a 75-52-1 regular season record during Grigson’s tenure, making the playoffs five times in eight seasons. Four times the Eagles won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC East titles, making two conference championship game appearances and reaching Super Bowl XXXIX.

Grigson began his NFL front office career in 1999 as a national scout with St. Louis. The Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in his first season and then appeared in Super Bowl XXXVI two years later. St. Louis compiled a 56-24 regular season record during Grigson’s stint with the team, making the playoffs four times in five seasons. Four times the Rams won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC West titles and capturing two conference championship games.

In addition to his extensive NFL front office career, Grigson has a diverse background with experience in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League that has helped foster his innovative approach to talent acquisition. Grigson served as a pro scout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1998, supplementing that time as an assistant coach at McPherson College. In 1999, he joined the Buffalo Destroyers of the AFL as a player personnel coordinator/assistant coach.

Grigson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as an offensive tackle in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was released by the Bengals in training camp and was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions where he spent the majority of the season on the active roster before being placed on Injured Reserve. After a brief stint in the CFL, Grigson retired due to back injuries.

An Indiana native, Grigson played at Highland High School, earning all-state and all-conference honors as a senior offensive lineman. He then attended Purdue from 1990-94. Grigson competed as a tight end during his freshman season before moving to tackle as a sophomore, where he remained for the duration of his career. He started five games his sophomore season before a life threatening injury against Minnesota ended his year. A blow to his abdomen resulted in pancreatitis, kidney failure and pneumonia. Following a five-week hospital stay, Grigson returned to start 10-of-11 appearances as a junior. As a senior, he was elected a team captain and started all 11 games.

The 2015 campaign will mark Grigson’s second year on the National Football Scouting Board of Directors, the entity that directly oversees the NFL Scouting Combine each season in Indianapolis. He will serve his third season on the College Relations Advisory Committee, which governs the management of the NFL’s relationship to the NCAA and its member institutions. Grigson will also spend his third season on the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council whose objective is to use NFL training camps, offseason workout programs and mini-camps to give talented minority coaches the opportunity to observe, participate and gain experience toward the objective of obtaining a full-time NFL coaching position. His list of affiliations also includes his selection to the NFL General Manager Advisory Committee in 2013. The group serves as an extension to the NFL Competition Committee and provides feedback to the NFL’s football operations department. Along with Grigson’s Executive of the Year accolades following the 2012 campaign, he was also honored with the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award by the National Football Foundation in June of 2013.

Grigson and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Indianapolis with their six children, Sophia (12), Noah (11), Luke (9), Levi (8), Ava (6) and Jonah (newborn).

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
1998                 Saskatchewan Roughriders        Pro Scout            
1998                 McPherson College                   Assistant Coach               
1999                 Buffalo Destroyers                    Player Personnel Coordinator/Assistant Coach  
1999-2000        St. Louis Rams                         National Scout  
2001-2003        St. Louis Rams                         Area Scout         
2004-2005        Philadelphia Eagles                   Western Regional Scout 
2006-2009        Philadelphia Eagles                   Director of College Scouting       
2010-2011        Philadelphia Eagles                   Director of Player Personnel      
2012-2015        Indianapolis Colts                     General Manager

Ryan Grigson, General Manager


Commitment and competitiveness are two principal themes that embody General Manager Ryan Grigson’s stewardship with the Indianapolis Colts. His commitment to assembling the best team on the field has consistently placed the Colts among the league’s top teams. Indianapolis has finished with 11-5 regular season records in each of the last three years while the team claimed AFC South Division championships in both 2013 and 2014. Grigson became the first general manager in franchise history to have teams reach the playoffs in each of his first three seasons at the helm, which included a 2014 AFC Championship Game appearance.

Grigson has implemented an aggressive approach to building the roster, which has netted significant results. In his first year as general manager in 2012, he overturned 70 percent of the roster as Indianapolis produced a nine-win turnaround, tied for the third-largest in league history. That season, Grigson earned Executive of the Year honors from the Pro Football Writers of America and The Sporting News becoming just the third general manager in team history to receive the award.

Since his start in January of 2012, Grigson has conducted 20 trades, signed 22 unrestricted free agents from other teams and selected 30 players in the NFL Draft. To date he has made more than 850 transactions, making him one of the most active general managers in the league. Arguably, Grigson’s most significant trade came on August 26, 2012 when he dealt a second round draft selection to the Miami Dolphins for cornerback Vontae Davis. In three seasons with the Colts, Davis has totaled 145 tackles while leading the team with 37 passes defensed and tying for the team lead in interceptions with eight. He was voted to his first career Pro Bowl after the 2014 season where he did not allow a single touchdown in coverage.

Known for finding talent outside of traditional measures, Grigson has signed numerous players that have contributed to the team from the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, Indoor Football League, United Football League, Fall Experimental Football League and NCAA basketball. Most notably, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who spent three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL, has emerged as a three-year starter at the position. Grigson’s search has also yielded talent from different continents. In August of 2013, he signed Kenyan-born rugby player Daniel Adongo who had never played football prior to his arrival in Indianapolis. Adongo started the season on the practice squad and just three months later was signed to the active roster where he participated on special teams. Adongo is the first player born in the country of Kenya to compete in an NFL game. Additionally, 2013 first round draft pick Bjoern Werner (Germany) and free agent linebacker Henoc Muamba (Democratic Republic of the Congo) are natives of other countries.

Grigson has capitalized on his balance of free agents, trades and draft acquisitions. Fourteen unrestricted free agents from other teams have started games while nine draft picks have become starters, including five from the 2012 class (QB-Andrew Luck, TE-Coby Fleener, TE-Dwayne Allen, WR-T.Y. Hilton and NT-Josh Chapman). The Colts 2012 rookie contingent gained more scrimmage yards (3,108) than any other rookie class in the league since the 1970 NFL merger.

The 2015 roster was significantly strengthened following an active free agency period and draft. Grigson signed 14 veterans, which included OLB-Trent Cole, RB-Frank Gore, G-Todd Herremans, ILB-Nate Irving, WR-Andre Johnson, DE-Kendall Langford and S-Dwight Lowery along with re-signing Pro Bowl S-Mike Adams and special teamer S-Colt Anderson. Cole comes to Indianapolis with 85.5 career sacks, which ranks second in Philadelphia history over his 10-year career with the Eagles. Gore and Johnson have combined to play in 317 games and lead their previous teams in all-time rushing (Gore with San Francisco, 11,073) and receiving (Johnson with Houston, 13,597). In the 2015 NFL Draft, Indianapolis bolstered its wide receiver corps with the addition of Phillip Dorsett in the first round (29th overall). In 2014, Dorsett earned All-ACC honors with the University of Miami as his 24.2 yards per catch average ranked second in the nation. He also led the conference with 10 touchdown receptions. Grigson tapped into the defensive talent pool with the team’s next four picks including, CB-D’Joun Smith (third round, 65th overall), DE-Henry Anderson (third round, 93rd overall), S-Clayton Geathers (fourth round, 109th overall) and DT-David Parry (fifth round, 151st overall). He concluded the draft with sixth round selections, RB-Josh Robinson (205th overall) and ILB-Amarlo Herrera (207th overall), and seventh round choice T-Denzelle Good (255th overall). The eight-player draft class combined to start in more than 250 career collegiate games.

The 2014 Colts featured the league’s No. 3 overall offense (406.6 ypg.) and No. 6 scoring offense (28.6 ppg.), the highest rankings for the club since 2006 and 2010 respectively. Indianapolis won two playoff games and advanced to the AFC Championship for the first time since 2009. For the second consecutive year, the Colts finished 6-0 against the AFC South and currently hold a 13-game winning streak against the division, which ranks first in the NFL entering the 2015 campaign. Seven members of the team were selected to the Pro Bowl, all of which Grigson was responsible for drafting, trading for or signing/re-signing via free agency (S-Mike Adams, CB-Vontae Davis, WR-T.Y. Hilton, ILB-D’Qwell Jackson, QB-Andrew Luck, P-Pat McAfee and K-Adam Vinatieri). Luck set a franchise record for the most passing yards in a single season (4,761) and led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes. He became just the fifth quarterback since 1970 to record 30-plus victories (33) in the first three seasons of a career, and his 12,957 passing yards are the most of any NFL player in his first three seasons in league history.

In 2013, the Colts posted their second consecutive 11-5 campaign while reaching the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The team clinched their eighth division title since 2002 and became the first team to finish a season with the least amount of turnovers and penalties since the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002. The ability for the Colts to pull together to overcome any obstacle was never more prevalent than their historic 45-44 AFC Wild Card win over the Chiefs. After being down 28 points in the third quarter, the Colts rallied to post the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history.

The team’s astonishing turnaround in 2012 did not come without its fair share of adversity. Grigson was faced with the hurdle of leading an organization through the unchartered waters of being without their head coach, Chuck Pagano, for 12 weeks during the regular season as he battled leukemia. Rallying around their ailing coach, and under Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians, the Colts won nine of their last 11 games to finish second in the AFC South and earn the AFC’s fifth playoff seed. Indianapolis was just the third NFL team to make the playoffs one year after going 2-14 or worse and became the fourth team to win at least 10 games after a season of two-or-fewer victories.

The 2015 season begins Grigson’s 17th year in an NFL front office. He joined the Colts after completing two seasons as director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. Grigson was promoted to the role in 2010 after serving the four previous seasons as the team’s director of college scouting. His first position with the Eagles came as a western regional scout from 2004-05. Philadelphia earned a 75-52-1 regular season record during Grigson’s tenure, making the playoffs five times in eight seasons. Four times the Eagles won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC East titles, making two conference championship game appearances and reaching Super Bowl XXXIX.

Grigson began his NFL front office career in 1999 as a national scout with St. Louis. The Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in his first season and then appeared in Super Bowl XXXVI two years later. St. Louis compiled a 56-24 regular season record during Grigson’s stint with the team, making the playoffs four times in five seasons. Four times the Rams won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC West titles and capturing two conference championship games.

In addition to his extensive NFL front office career, Grigson has a diverse background with experience in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League that has helped foster his innovative approach to talent acquisition. Grigson served as a pro scout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1998, supplementing that time as an assistant coach at McPherson College. In 1999, he joined the Buffalo Destroyers of the AFL as a player personnel coordinator/assistant coach.

Grigson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as an offensive tackle in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was released by the Bengals in training camp and was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions where he spent the majority of the season on the active roster before being placed on Injured Reserve. After a brief stint in the CFL, Grigson retired due to back injuries.

An Indiana native, Grigson played at Highland High School, earning all-state and all-conference honors as a senior offensive lineman. He then attended Purdue from 1990-94. Grigson competed as a tight end during his freshman season before moving to tackle as a sophomore, where he remained for the duration of his career. He started five games his sophomore season before a life threatening injury against Minnesota ended his year. A blow to his abdomen resulted in pancreatitis, kidney failure and pneumonia. Following a five-week hospital stay, Grigson returned to start 10-of-11 appearances as a junior. As a senior, he was elected a team captain and started all 11 games.

The 2015 campaign will mark Grigson’s second year on the National Football Scouting Board of Directors, the entity that directly oversees the NFL Scouting Combine each season in Indianapolis. He will serve his third season on the College Relations Advisory Committee, which governs the management of the NFL’s relationship to the NCAA and its member institutions. Grigson will also spend his third season on the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council whose objective is to use NFL training camps, offseason workout programs and mini-camps to give talented minority coaches the opportunity to observe, participate and gain experience toward the objective of obtaining a full-time NFL coaching position. His list of affiliations also includes his selection to the NFL General Manager Advisory Committee in 2013. The group serves as an extension to the NFL Competition Committee and provides feedback to the NFL’s football operations department. Along with Grigson’s Executive of the Year accolades following the 2012 campaign, he was also honored with the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award by the National Football Foundation in June of 2013.

Grigson and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Indianapolis with their six children, Sophia (12), Noah (11), Luke (9), Levi (8), Ava (6) and Jonah (newborn).

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
1998                 Saskatchewan Roughriders        Pro Scout            
1998                 McPherson College                   Assistant Coach               
1999                 Buffalo Destroyers                    Player Personnel Coordinator/Assistant Coach  
1999-2000        St. Louis Rams                         National Scout  
2001-2003        St. Louis Rams                         Area Scout         
2004-2005        Philadelphia Eagles                   Western Regional Scout 
2006-2009        Philadelphia Eagles                   Director of College Scouting       
2010-2011        Philadelphia Eagles                   Director of Player Personnel      
2012-2015        Indianapolis Colts                     General Manager