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Encyclopedia > Grant Wistrom
Grant Wistrom
Date of birth July 3, 1976 (1976-07-03) (age 31)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Webb City, Missouri
Position(s) Defensive end
College Nebraska
NFL Draft 1998 / Round 1 / Pick 6
Stats
Statistics
Teams
1998–2003
2004-2006
St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks

Grant Alden Wistrom, (born July 3, 1976 in Joplin, Missouri), is a former American Football defensive end who played for the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks during his 8 year career. In addition to his athletic pursuits, Grant has established the Grant Wistrom Foundation, a charitable organization for pediatric cancer patients and their families. is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Webb City is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a state-supported institution of higher learning located in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Often referred to as simply Nebraska or UNL, it is the flagship and largest campus of the University of Nebraska system. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1998 NFL Draft. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joplin is a city located in parts of southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of Missouri. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... Pediatrics (also spelled paediatrics or pædiatrics) is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants and children. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ...

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High School

Grant began his football career in Missouri, where he played for the Webb City High School football team, the Cardinals, as a defensive end and tight end. While at Webb City, he was chosen as a first-team All America selection by Super Prep, Blue chip and USA Today. He also earned Top 100 Honors from Scholastic Coach Magazine. His statistics on the field include: Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Webb City High School, or WCHS, is a public high school located in Webb City, Missouri USA. // [edit] Location and campus Webb City High School seen from the front. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...

  • As a defensive end: 122 tackles, eight sacks, six fumble recoveries, nine forced fumbles and a blocked punt
  • As a tight end: caught 30 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns
  • Led the team to two class 4A championships

Grant also played basketball and competed in track. Grant held an annual football camp in the summer to benefit the Webb City athletic department, but in the past 5 years has not because of issues with the current head coach with Webb City. This article is about the sport. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ...


College

Following his All-American performance as a Cardinal, Grant was heavily recruited by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he helped anchor the Husker defensive line. During his career, the Huskers compiled a 49-2 record from 1994 to 1997, winning three national titles in that span (1994, 1995, and 1997). A two-time first-team All-American, Wistrom became Nebraska's fourth Lombardi Award winner as the nation's top lineman following the 1997 season. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a state-supported institution of higher learning located in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Often referred to as simply Nebraska or UNL, it is the flagship and largest campus of the University of Nebraska system. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annual to the best college football lineman or linebacker. ...


As a senior captain, the 6-5,255-pound Wistrom finished with 51 tackles, including 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss, leading the Blackshirts in both categories on his way to earning Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors. A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player-of-the-Year award, Wistrom helped the Huskers rank fifth nationally in total defense and second nationally against the run. He led Nebraska to a perfect 13-0 record and a share of the national title with Michigan.


In 1996, Wistrom was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, helping NU to top-10 rankings in all four major defensive categories. A first-team All-American and finalist for the Nagurski Award. Wistrom finished third on the team in tackles with 75. while leading the Huskers in both sacks (9.5-48 yards lost) and tackles for loss (20-74).


A third-team All-American as a sophomore. Wistrom recorded 44 stops, including a team-leading 15 tackles for loss, as Nebraska went 12-0 and repeated as national champions. He also had four sacks, earning first-team All-Big Eight honors as NU ranked second nationally against the rush, fourth in points allowed and 13th in total defense. During his freshman campaign, Wistrom made his presence known, earning Big 12 Newcomer-of-the-Year honors in helping the Huskers to their first national title since 1971. He played in all 13 games, recording 36 stops and 4.5 sacks, as one of only two true Husker freshmen to see playing time.


Wistrom holds the school record for tackles for loss with 58.5 for 260 yards and ranks second with 26.5 sacks, had his No. 98 retired during the 1998 season. His career totals include 206 total tackles, 26.5 sacks for 178 yards, one interception, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.


Wistrom was a two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and became the 13th Husker to win the NCAA's highest honor, the NCAA Top Eight Award, in 1997. He also earned the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship following his senior campaign and was the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year for the 1997-98 season.


Honors include:

  • Voted as DE on the All-Time Cornhusker team
  • Unanimous All-America and All-Big 12 Conference First-Team selection senior season
  • Recipient of the Lombardi Award, given to nation's top collegiate lineman
  • Academic All-Big 12 honors
  • Consensus Academic and Athletic First Team all-America
  • All-Big 12 first team selection and conference Defensive Player of the Year
  • Earned third-team all-America honors by Associated Press and first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors sophomore season
  • Selected as Newcomer of the Year by Big Eight conference freshman season

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Professional

Grant, considered a “high energy player who is both durable and versatile…good against the run and pass”,[1] was selected by the St Louis Rams as the sixth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. After six seasons, including two Super Bowl appearances, with the St. Louis Rams, Grant became a free agent and subsequently signed a six year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on March 4, 2004. However he was released after the 2006 season and retired, choosing to become an assistant football coach at Parkview High School in Springfield, Mo, where his brother is the principal. City St. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Parkview High School is the only high school of the Parkview School District, also commonly referred to as Orfordville-Parkview, PHS, and Parkview. ...


2006: Started all 16 regular season games (the fifth time in his 9 year professional career). Finished the season with 37 tackles (30 solo), 4.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed.


2005: Started all 16 regular season games. Finished the season with 52 tackles (41 solo), 4.0 sacks and 6 passes defensed, a career high.


2004: Started all nine games played. Suffered knee injury at New England (10/17) and was forced to miss weeks 7-10. Returned to play four games before reinjuring knee and missed final three games and Wild Card Playoff Game. Finished the season with 38 total tackles (27 solo), 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.


2003: Started all 16 regular season games and one postseason game for the Rams. Recorded career-high 108 tackles (57 solo) with 7.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and tied career-high with four passes defensed.


2002: Played in 15 games with 14 starts. Finished season with career high 97 tackles (43 solo), including four for loss and also tallied 4.5 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, and career-high two fumble recoveries.


2001: Had best season of career with recording career-highs with 96 tackles (47 solo) and two forced fumbles, and tied career bests with two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He finished second on the team with nine sacks and had three passes defensed and 19 quarterback pressures and was 10th in NFC in sacks. In post-season action, he finished fifth on team with career-high 19 postseason tackles (11 solo) and second on club with two sacks.


2000: Started 16 games at right defensive end and had career year, registering career-bests in tackles (71), sacks (11.0 for 65 yards), and had 29 quarterback pressures, four passes defensed and one forced fumble, tying for seventh in NFC in sacks.


1999: Started all 16 regular season and three playoff games at right defensive end and was selected to 1999 All-Madden team by Fox Sports announcer John Madden while setting career highs in tackles (60), sacks (6.5), interceptions (two), interception returns for touchdown (two), passes defensed (two), and tied career mark with one fumble recovery. Grant tied for team lead with two interceptions returned for touchdown.


1998: Played in 13 games on defense and special teams and finished season with 30 tackles, three sacks, one fumble recovery and five special teams tackles and was named Rams Defensive Rookie of the Year by coaches.


Charity Work

The Grant Wistrom Foundation, created in July of 2002, strives to allow pediatric cancer patients opportunities to just be children. At a Foundation event they are able to connect with other children who understand their world as both a child and a patient, fostering friendships built on these common bonds. The plight of young oncology patients was brought to Grant’s attention during his senior year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, when he befriended a young Husker fan with leukemia from his home state of Missouri. To help prepare the child for the loss of his hair during treatment, Grant, and Nebraska teammates Jason Peter and Jared Tomich, included Kendall in their pre-game ritual of shaving their heads and presented him with an honorary blackshirt jersey. Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other uses, see Child (disambiguation). ... See cancer for the biology of the disease, as well as a list of malignant diseases. ... Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ... Chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to treat disease. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... Jason Peter (born September 13, 1974) is a retired American football player. ...


The Grant Wistrom Foundation consists of four programs:


Circle of Friends: The Circle of Friends experience begins with a four day Wisconsin winter trip that brings together 40 pediatric oncology patients from 9 U.S. Cities. They enjoy skiing, tubing, disco bowling and snowmobiling, along with discussing the latest fashion trends and the newest music to hit the charts. For many of the participants these new friendships offer encouragement and support as they navigate through their course of recovery. Every two years the group is reunited on a summer trip where new adventures await them. Fellow Seattle Seahawk Jerry Wunsch, Brian Young of the New Orleans Saints, Rich Coady of the Dallas Cowboys, Jared Tomich of the Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Kelsay of the Buffalo Bills join Grant in hosting these events. Brian Young is the drummer for the New York based power pop band Fountains of Wayne who have released three major label albums and scored an RIAA certified gold record for their single Stacys Mom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and gold Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Chris Kelsay is a defensive end who currently starts for the Buffalo Bills franchise in the NFL. He attended the University of Nebraska and was second round pick in 2003. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


Local Outreach: The Foundation supports a number of events that have included, Kids Only Day at a Family Fun Center, a VIP Game Day party, Mom’s Spa Day and a Dad’s Mariners game outing. BOOMERS! (formerly known as Family Fun Center), is a chain of theme parks, which features indoor facilities such as carousel, kiddie swing, restaurant, musical show and video arcade, and even outdoor facilities such as miniature golf, kiddie rides, bumper boats, battling cages, go-karts. ... A sailor is a member of the crew of a ship or boat. ...


Section 98: The Foundation donates ten tickets for each home Seahawks game to pediatric oncology patients and their families so that they may enjoy the Seahawks experience. Each guest receives a t-shirt and a pre game meal.


Charities for Children: The Foundation actively supports various children’s organizations through financial and/or merchandise donations in Washington, Missouri, Nebraska and Illinois. Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ...


In addition to the work of his own Foundation, Grant continues to support the work of the Seattle Seahawks Community Outreach program


Trivia

  • Grant logged his first sack as a NFL by forcing San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Steve Young out of bounds in the first quarter on October 25 1998.
  • Grant made his first interception in the NFL and returned it 91 yards for touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on October 17, 1999. The interception return was sixth longest in St Louis Rams franchise history and longest ever by Rams' defensive lineman.
  • Grant registered his career-high 17 tackles, including a career-high 10 solo, against the Baltimore Ravens on November 9, 2003.
  • Grant is the middle child of three boys. Grant’s older brother, Chance, is a high school principal and his younger brother, Tracey, is employed as a drug representative. Chance played his college football career for Central Missouri State, Tracey joined Grant at The University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
  • Grant’s father, Ron is the property manager for WIP Properties, and his mother, Kathy is co-owner of The Wax Bucket, a combination gift shop and candle manufacture. Additionally, Kathy has authored the book, Mrs Wistrom’s ABCs: What I Learned Raising Three All-Americans, described as a practical, down-to-earth look at parenting.
  • Grant is currently an assistant football coach at Parkview High School, where his brother is the principal.

External links

Notes

  1. ^ The Seattle Seahawks Website, Player Bios Section

  Results from FactBites:
 
Grant Wistrom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1313 words)
Grant Wistrom, born July 3, 1976 in Joplin, Missouri, plays American Football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Seattle Seahawks as a defensive end wearing number 98.
Grant began his football career in Missouri, where he played for the Webb City High School football team, the Cardinals, as a defensive end and tight end.
Grant’s older brother, Chance, is a high school principal and his younger brother, Tracey, is employed as a drug representative.
Blacktie-StLouis | Welcome! (1328 words)
When Grant Wistrom was a senior at the University of Nebraska, he befriended a young man with leukemia from just outside his hometown.
Born Grant Alden Wistrom to parents Ron and Kathy, Grant is the middle child in a family of three boys.
Grant graduated with degree in pre-pharmacy with emphasis in biological sciences and lists Cornhuskers' 1997 national championship his senior year while captain as his most memorable experience in college.
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