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Brent Grimes tells SI he considered retiring, playing hoops

Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes celebrates his pick-six of Panthers QB Cam Newton in Tampa Bay's season finale last season.


Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes celebrates his pick-six of Panthers QB Cam Newton in Tampa Bay's season finale last season.



The fact that the Bucs open the 2017 season in Miami will lend itself to several interesting storylines, not the least of which will be cornerback Brent Grimes going back to face the Dolphins, who he played for from 2013-15. has an extensive profile on Grimes and his wife Miko, recapping their backstories and some of the friction in Miami while he was there. There are a few interesting new nuggets as well:

-- Grimes, who is 33 and is entering the second year of a two-year contract with the Bucs, pondered retirement in the offseason and playing in the NBA's developmental league. Grimes is athletic, to be sure, but also just 5-10, and there's no record of him playing basketball since high school, so it'd be a Tim Tebow-type crossover if he tried it.

-- As much as anything, mentioning basketball was an opportunity to contrast the NBA to the NFL -- Brent said "the NFL doesn't have a cool vibe," citing uniform requirements that "they make everyone look the same."

Miko, who played basketball in college and professionally as well, said of the NFL that "the sport is weak," referencing "(expletive)-up contracts and dirty owners." As far the physical dangers of playing football, Miko said she fears that many NFL wives will "be feeding their husbands through straws."

-- Miko said Brent, who has been to four Pro Bowls since 2010, "does not have the profile he deserves," pointing to a one-handed, diving interception against the Lions during his Dolphins days. "That interception against the Lions should be on so many billboards," Miko told SI. "If that was Richard Sherman, if that was Aqib Talib, if that was a whole bunch of other mother-------, it’d be a staple. But because it was Brent Grimes, nothing."

-- Brent played with Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith in Atlanta, and Miko was frank about how he wasn't utilized well by the Falcons: "I told Mike Smith, ‘This is an opportunity for you to right your wrongs from Atlanta. You f----- up, Mike Smith! You didn’t play him; you didn’t pay him!’"

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:14pm]


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