Rex Grossman wasn’t for everyone. The former Florida quarterback had a way of thrilling you with one throw and making you want to turn off the television with his next.
He was both brilliant and maddening on the football field. And, as it turns out, we have Steve Spurrier to thank for that. At least in part.
Grossman, who won the SEC player of the year and finished as Heisman runner up during the 2001 season, was reflecting on his career with a Washington D.C. radio station on Thursday morning when he dropped the most “Rex Grossman” quote imaginable.
“Sometimes I have to go with my instinct, and my instinct is sometimes wrong,” he said, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “But throughout my career I was always allowed to change the play whenever I want to based on the coverage.
“Coach Spurrier instilled in me, don’t check down if the big play’s there. So that’s kind of how I was born. I always wanted to shoot a three-pointer in basketball, hit a home run in baseball. I don’t know why, that’s just, like, who I am. It goes off into blackjack as well. I’ll try to have a betting strategy where I’ll just bet two chips and then win, bet three, bet five, bet seven and keep it out there until you lose. But you know, sometimes you’ve got a gut feeling and you put all the chips on the table.”
We love ya, Sexy Rexy, but that blackjack bit sounds more like a compulsive gambling problem than throwing the deep ball when your running back is open in the flat.
Grossman has the distinction of being Spurrier’s last quarterback project at Florida before taking a job with the Washington Redskins for the 2002 season.
In some ways, Grossman may be Spurrier’s most accomplished professional quarterback. Danny Wuerffel brought home a national title and Heisman Trophy during his time in Gainesville, but Grossman was the one who reached the national spotlight as a professional as the Chicago Bears starting QB during Super Bowl XLI.
Though often criticized for his propensity to throw interceptions as a professional, the former first-round selection threw for 10,232 yards passing during an NFL career that last from 2003 until 2015.
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