Who is Rex Grossman?
Rex Grossman III is a former American football player, who played in the ‘National Football League’ for 9 seasons. Born and raised in Indiana, US, he is a third generation football player (his father and grandfather played for ‘Indiana University’). He led his high school team in the state championship games and was named ‘Indiana’s Mr. Football.’ He later joined the ‘University of Florida.’ He was the runner-up for the ‘Heisman Trophy’ in 2001. He led the ‘Florida Gators’ to the 2000 SEC championship, the ‘2001 Sugar Bowl’ and the ‘2002 Orange Bowl.’ In the 2003 ‘NFL Draft,’ ‘Chicago Bears’ selected him in the first round. During the initial 3 years of his career, he suffered 2 major injuries. As per media/fans, Grossman was the reason behind the ‘Bears’ losing the ‘2007Super Bowl.’ He was the first ‘Bears’ quarterback since Erik Kramer to start all 16 games of a season, and the first quarterback since 1985 to win 2 playoff games in one season. He later played as backup quarterback for the ‘Houston Texans’ and then starting quarterback for the ‘Washington Redskins.’ To honor his contribution to the game, his hometown, Bloomington, declared June 28, 2007 as ‘Rex Grossman Day.’
Childhood & Early Life
Rex Daniel Grossman III was born on August 23, 1980, in Bloomington, Indiana, to Rex Daniel Grossman II and Maureen Grossman. Grossman has two sisters, Ashley Fox and Amy Bostic.
He grew up in a family of football players, as his father and grandfather, Rex Sr., played for ‘Indiana University.’ His grandfather played for the ‘Baltimore Colts’ and ‘Detroit Lions,’ too.
He learnt the nuances of the game from his father. He began training as a running back, but changed to quarterback in the 6th grade. He played for his school team, the ‘Bloomington South Panthers.’
In his senior high, Grossman led his team to a win over the ‘Homestead High School Spartans’ in the ‘Indiana Class 5A State Championship’ and recorded most touchdowns. In 1998, he was named ‘Indiana’s Mr. Football.’ He was ranked one of the top recruits in the US and named in the high school ‘All-America Team’ of the ‘Parade’ magazine.
In 1999, Grossman joined the ‘University of Florida’ at Gainesville, Florida, on an athletic scholarship. He redshirted during his freshman year and began playing for ‘Florida Gators’ in October 2000. He led the team to the 2000 ‘SEC’ championship and was named the MVP of the ‘SEC Championship Game.’
During his sophomore year, Grossman was the closest runner-up for the 2001 ‘Heisman Trophy.’ He was the 2001 ‘AP Associated Press Player of the Year’and and recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. He scored season’s most touchdowns (55). He led the ‘Gators’ in the 2001 ‘Sugar Bowl’ and the 2002 ‘Orange Bowl.’
In 2002, Grossman captained the ‘Gators’ to the 2003 ‘Outback Bowl,’ but they lost to the ‘Michigan Wolverines’ despite his decent performance. After the 2002 season, he entered the ‘2003 NFL Draft,’ giving up his final year college eligibility.
In 2003, he was inducted into the ‘University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame’ as a ‘Gator Great.’
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In the 2003 ‘NFL Draft,’ the ‘Chicago Bears’ drafted him in the 1st round with 22nd overall choice. During his rookie season, the team management fielded him only after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. During season’s final game, he had to leave after a finger injury.
For the 2004 season, Grossman played as starting quarterback, but did not perform well and injured his knee ligaments. Thus, he couldn’t play for the rest of the season.
Grossman broke his ankle during the 2005 preseason games and couldn’t participate for most of the 2005 season. He returned in December 2005, and led the ‘Bears’ to 2 wins, securing a playoff berth for the team. The ‘Bears’ lost their first playoff game; Grossman’s performance was below expectations.
For the 2006 season, Grossman played as starting quarterback for all 16 games - the first player to do so since Erik Kramer, in 1995. His performance was mixed and he drew criticism for his inconsistency. Despite all the criticism, he started the playoffs, and helped his team claim the ‘NFC’ championship, and entry into the ‘Super Bowl XLI.’ He won the ‘Ed Block Courage Award.’
Grossman played as starting quarterback for the 2007 season, but after an inconsistent performance, he was replaced with Brian Griese. He played a few games when Griese got injured, but he suffered a knee injury and missed the rest of the season.
He became unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season and signed a new one year contract with ‘Bears’ on February 23, 2008. Thereafter he again signed with the ‘Bears’ for 1 season as backup quarterback.
A free agent by March 2009, Grossman signed one year contract with the ‘Houston Texans’ in June 2009. He was included in the team mainly as a backup, and played only one game. In March 2010, he signed a 1 year contract with ‘Washington Redskins.’ He got a chance to start a game in December 2010. The ‘Washington Redskins’ signed him for one more season, where he became the starting quarterback. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Grossman was a backup or the third-string quarterback for the ‘Redskins,’ and didn’t play any game.
Grossman signed with the ‘Cleveland Browns’ in August 2014, but he was waived by the end of August. Next, he signed with ‘Atlanta Falcons’ in August 2015, but was released by the team in September.
Family & Personal Life
On July 9, 2005, Grossman married Alison Miska.
In 2009, he and his wife started a staffing agency of nurses, ‘Florida Medical Staffing.’ He is also involved in yearly charity golfing event to raise funds for ‘Boys and Girls Club of America.’