Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.49 Latef Grim

I will be counting down my own list of the top 50 Pitt football players since 1972.  I have spent time doing a lot of research and talking to a lot of people when formulating this list, but ultimately it is MY opinion.  The great thing about lists like this is that people will disagree, and feel free to, but just remember that there is no right answer so there's no need to go crazy if you do disagree.  I will post this same intro with all 50 bios because I know the one time I don't, people will complain about not knowing what criteria I used.  I will add at least one a day, maybe two.  

My criteria for selecting the order is as follows:

1.  Productivity.
2.  Talent.
3.  Place in program history.
4.  Only the player's careers while at Pitt are considered, not their NFL careers. 
5.  No current players.

49.  Latef Grim (1998-2000)-  The California native was one of the most gentle Panthers off the field spending most of his college days going to coffee shops and writing poetry.  On the field, it was a different story.  The junior college transfer played three seasons for the program and ended up as one of the most productive receivers in Pitt history.

Starting in place of injured projected starter Terry Murphy in 1998, Grim made 60 sometimes acrobatic catches for 906 yards and 9 touchdowns.  In his very first college game he had an 8-catch, 192 yard, 3 touchdown game as the Panthers held off Brian Westbrook and Villanova 48-41.

But it was as a junior in 1999 that Grim really exploded in Walt Harris's offense when he grabbed 75 catches for 1,106 yards, and 4 touchdowns.  Both the catches and yards were school records at the time and the 75 receptions is still the second best number of all-time behind only Larry Fitzgerald's sophomore season.  Included in Grim's 1999 season were two huge games, a 12-catch, 188 yard game against Virginia Tech, and an 11-catch, 151 yard game against Boston College.

Grim's senior year was not nearly as productive with 39 catches for 595 yards and two touchdowns, mainly because is was the breakout year for Antonio Bryant who won the Biletnikoff Award that season, but in his career Grim is still first in career receptions and third in receiving yards in Pitt history.


  1. Latef Grim was the Man. Not fast but ran great routes and caught everything thrown his way. He was great to watch back in the day.

  2. Nas Robinson's HeadbandJuly 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Dude is a reason I became a more staunch Pitt fan in the late 90s and early 2000s.....good route runner, smooth, just a smooth college receiver.....very underrated but very deserving on this list....could bump him up a few notches

  3. Latef was awesome! Hey Chris, this would probably take more time than what you want to spend, but it would be realy cool if you could provide an update on what these stars are doing now. Latef is a high school head coach in California, but don't know what division or if he has talented teams. Could be a connection for Coach Chryst.

    He was so easy going. The man had game and wasn't fast. Jody would not have recruited him, but look at how productive he was. Did he ever make it in the pro game? Keep up the great work on these.

  4. Latef grim was my high school coach learned alot from that guy. Not only do he have one of the best football minds in this area of California but he is a good dude.