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Ryan Grigson, General Manager


As general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Grigson has sustained the team’s legacy as one of the most competitive in the NFL. Since arriving in 2012, Grigson’s meticulous approach to assembling teams has netted 44 wins (regular and postseason), three playoff appearances and two AFC South Division titles. Boosted by three consecutive 11-5 campaigns from 2012-14, the club’s win total over the last four seasons ranks tied for fourth in the league. 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. In 2015, the Colts established an NFL record for the longest winning streak against any division in the league with their 16th consecutive victory over an AFC South opponent. The record surpassed the previous mark of 15, which was held by the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins against the AFC East. Last season’s team also featured an eight-man NFL Draft class with each player seeing game action. Four of those draft picks combined to start 31 games.

Grigson has implemented an aggressive approach to building the roster, which has netted significant results. In his first year as general manager, 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. Dating back to his first year, Grigson has conducted 23 trades, signed 26 unrestricted free agents from other teams and selected 38 players in the NFL Draft making him one of the more active general managers in the NFL. Arguably, his 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 four seasons with the Colts, Davis has led the team with 53 passes defensed while adding 12 interceptions. He has been voted to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons.

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. His search has also yielded talent from different continents.

Grigson has capitalized on his free agent signings, trade acquisitions and draft selections. Eighteen unrestricted free agents from other teams have started games while seven draft picks have become starters, including DE-Henry Anderson, TE-Dwayne Allen, WR-T.Y. Hilton, QB-Andrew Luck, T/G-Jack Mewhort, WR-Donte Moncrief and DT-David Parry. Additionally, three other draft picks on the team have started games, including S-Clayton Geathers, T-Denzelle Good and G-Hugh Thornton.

This offseason, Grigson and the Colts were strategic with their approach to free agency. The team re-signed proven veterans in Allen, TE-Jack Doyle and K-Adam Vinatieri in addition to filling immediate needs while building depth. Indianapolis signed CB-Patrick Robinson to start alongside Davis. In six seasons, Robinson has totaled 234 tackles, 54 passes defensed and 10 interceptions. The Colts added RB-Robert Turbin and RB-Jordan Todman to compete behind RB-Frank Gore. The two have played in a combined 102 contests (10 postseason) as Turbin has totaled 1,127 yards and one touchdown backing up five-time Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch. Indianapolis also signed QB-Scott Tolzien to start behind Andrew Luck. Tolzien, a six-year veteran, spent the last three seasons in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.

Five of Grigson’s eight selections in the 2016 NFL Draft focused on the trenches, specifically the offensive line with four picks. With their first round pick (18th overall), the Colts selected C-Ryan Kelly who started 36-of-46 career games at the University of Alabama. He helped lead the Crimson Tide to three National Championships (2011, 2012 and 2015) and was the recipient of the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top center. Grigson also added depth to the offensive line with the selections of T-Le’Raven Clark (third round, 82nd overall), T-Joe Haeg (fifth round, 155th overall) and C-Austin Blythe (seventh round, 248th overall). All four draft picks on the offensive line served as team captains at their respective schools. With the team’s second round selection (57th overall), Grigson selected S-T.J. Green from Clemson. Green posted the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash time (first among safeties) at the 2016 NFL Combine with a 4.34 mark. Last year with the Tigers, Green ranked third on the team with 130 tackles as Clemson reached the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Grigson strengthened the defense with the selections of DT-Hassan Ridgeway (fourth round, 116th overall), ILB-Antonio Morrison (fourth round, 125th overall) and OLB-Trevor Bates (seventh round, 239th overall). The eight-player draft class combined to start in 303 career collegiate games.

The 2016 draft class has the potential to match the success of the 2015 class, which saw all eight members combined to play in 69 contests (31 starts). Parry started all 16 games at nose tackle and was one of only two rookie defensive linemen to accomplish that feat last season. Anderson (nine games), Good (four games) and Geathers (two games) also earned starts for the Colts as well.

In 2015, Indianapolis set an NFL record after posting its 16th consecutive win against an AFC South Division opponent following a Week 5 victory at Houston. Since Grigson began his regime in 2012, the Colts 20-4 record within their own division is the second-best mark in the NFL. The climax of the season came with a Week 9 victory against the unbeaten and eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win came at a price however as Luck suffered a season-ending injury. Grigson and the Colts would sign four quarterbacks to the active roster for the remaining seven games as injuries continued to plague the position. Indianapolis went on to lead the league with six wins by reserve quarterbacks under center. That included an impressive victory in the season finale against Tennessee, which featured QB-Josh Freeman and QB-Ryan Lindley who both contributed after entering the game with three days of practice each.

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 Division. 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, Davis, Hilton, ILB-D’Qwell Jackson, Luck, P-Pat McAfee and 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 2016 season begins Grigson’s 18th 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 2016 campaign will mark Grigson’s third year on the National Football Scouting Board of Directors, the entity that directly oversees the NFL Scouting Combine each season in Indianapolis. He is also a member of the newly formed National Invitational Camp Review Committee. Joining other club executives and league officials, Grigson and the committee will review all aspects of the NFL Combine and oversee its continued growth.

Grigson will serve his fourth season on the College Relations Advisory Committee, which governs the management of the NFL’s relationship to the NCAA and its member institutions and the NFL General Manager Advisory Committee. Both groups serve as an extension to the NFL Competition Committee and provide feedback to the NFL’s football operations department.

Grigson will also spend his fourth season on the Bill Walsh NFL 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.

Along with his Executive of the Year accolades following the 2012 campaign, Grigson 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 (13), Noah (12), Luke (10), Levi (9), Ava (7) and Jonah (1).

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      
2012-2016        Indianapolis Colts                     General Manager

Ryan Grigson, General Manager


As general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Grigson has sustained the team’s legacy as one of the most competitive in the NFL. Since arriving in 2012, Grigson’s meticulous approach to assembling teams has netted 44 wins (regular and postseason), three playoff appearances and two AFC South Division titles. Boosted by three consecutive 11-5 campaigns from 2012-14, the club’s win total over the last four seasons ranks tied for fourth in the league. 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. In 2015, the Colts established an NFL record for the longest winning streak against any division in the league with their 16th consecutive victory over an AFC South opponent. The record surpassed the previous mark of 15, which was held by the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins against the AFC East. Last season’s team also featured an eight-man NFL Draft class with each player seeing game action. Four of those draft picks combined to start 31 games.

Grigson has implemented an aggressive approach to building the roster, which has netted significant results. In his first year as general manager, 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. Dating back to his first year, Grigson has conducted 23 trades, signed 26 unrestricted free agents from other teams and selected 38 players in the NFL Draft making him one of the more active general managers in the NFL. Arguably, his 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 four seasons with the Colts, Davis has led the team with 53 passes defensed while adding 12 interceptions. He has been voted to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons.

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. His search has also yielded talent from different continents.

Grigson has capitalized on his free agent signings, trade acquisitions and draft selections. Eighteen unrestricted free agents from other teams have started games while seven draft picks have become starters, including DE-Henry Anderson, TE-Dwayne Allen, WR-T.Y. Hilton, QB-Andrew Luck, T/G-Jack Mewhort, WR-Donte Moncrief and DT-David Parry. Additionally, three other draft picks on the team have started games, including S-Clayton Geathers, T-Denzelle Good and G-Hugh Thornton.

This offseason, Grigson and the Colts were strategic with their approach to free agency. The team re-signed proven veterans in Allen, TE-Jack Doyle and K-Adam Vinatieri in addition to filling immediate needs while building depth. Indianapolis signed CB-Patrick Robinson to start alongside Davis. In six seasons, Robinson has totaled 234 tackles, 54 passes defensed and 10 interceptions. The Colts added RB-Robert Turbin and RB-Jordan Todman to compete behind RB-Frank Gore. The two have played in a combined 102 contests (10 postseason) as Turbin has totaled 1,127 yards and one touchdown backing up five-time Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch. Indianapolis also signed QB-Scott Tolzien to start behind Andrew Luck. Tolzien, a six-year veteran, spent the last three seasons in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.

Five of Grigson’s eight selections in the 2016 NFL Draft focused on the trenches, specifically the offensive line with four picks. With their first round pick (18th overall), the Colts selected C-Ryan Kelly who started 36-of-46 career games at the University of Alabama. He helped lead the Crimson Tide to three National Championships (2011, 2012 and 2015) and was the recipient of the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top center. Grigson also added depth to the offensive line with the selections of T-Le’Raven Clark (third round, 82nd overall), T-Joe Haeg (fifth round, 155th overall) and C-Austin Blythe (seventh round, 248th overall). All four draft picks on the offensive line served as team captains at their respective schools. With the team’s second round selection (57th overall), Grigson selected S-T.J. Green from Clemson. Green posted the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash time (first among safeties) at the 2016 NFL Combine with a 4.34 mark. Last year with the Tigers, Green ranked third on the team with 130 tackles as Clemson reached the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Grigson strengthened the defense with the selections of DT-Hassan Ridgeway (fourth round, 116th overall), ILB-Antonio Morrison (fourth round, 125th overall) and OLB-Trevor Bates (seventh round, 239th overall). The eight-player draft class combined to start in 303 career collegiate games.

The 2016 draft class has the potential to match the success of the 2015 class, which saw all eight members combined to play in 69 contests (31 starts). Parry started all 16 games at nose tackle and was one of only two rookie defensive linemen to accomplish that feat last season. Anderson (nine games), Good (four games) and Geathers (two games) also earned starts for the Colts as well.

In 2015, Indianapolis set an NFL record after posting its 16th consecutive win against an AFC South Division opponent following a Week 5 victory at Houston. Since Grigson began his regime in 2012, the Colts 20-4 record within their own division is the second-best mark in the NFL. The climax of the season came with a Week 9 victory against the unbeaten and eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win came at a price however as Luck suffered a season-ending injury. Grigson and the Colts would sign four quarterbacks to the active roster for the remaining seven games as injuries continued to plague the position. Indianapolis went on to lead the league with six wins by reserve quarterbacks under center. That included an impressive victory in the season finale against Tennessee, which featured QB-Josh Freeman and QB-Ryan Lindley who both contributed after entering the game with three days of practice each.

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 Division. 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, Davis, Hilton, ILB-D’Qwell Jackson, Luck, P-Pat McAfee and 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 2016 season begins Grigson’s 18th 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 2016 campaign will mark Grigson’s third year on the National Football Scouting Board of Directors, the entity that directly oversees the NFL Scouting Combine each season in Indianapolis. He is also a member of the newly formed National Invitational Camp Review Committee. Joining other club executives and league officials, Grigson and the committee will review all aspects of the NFL Combine and oversee its continued growth.

Grigson will serve his fourth season on the College Relations Advisory Committee, which governs the management of the NFL’s relationship to the NCAA and its member institutions and the NFL General Manager Advisory Committee. Both groups serve as an extension to the NFL Competition Committee and provide feedback to the NFL’s football operations department.

Grigson will also spend his fourth season on the Bill Walsh NFL 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.

Along with his Executive of the Year accolades following the 2012 campaign, Grigson 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 (13), Noah (12), Luke (10), Levi (9), Ava (7) and Jonah (1).

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      
2012-2016        Indianapolis Colts                     General Manager