During the Redskins' 1981 minicamp, Washington offensive line
coach Joe Bugel took one look at his herd of linemen and yelled,
"O.K., you hogs, let's go down in the bullpen and hit those
sleds." Bugel used the moniker to unite the group. T-shirts were
made, and any Hog caught not wearing his to practice owed Bugel
five dollars. By the following season this collection of fine
swine had become the most feared (and renowned) offensive line
in the NFL, helping lead the Skins to their first Super Bowl
title. Says George Starke, "We made offensive linemen famous."
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Disgusted by daily headlines of inner-city shootings, Starke
opened the Washington, D.C.-based Excel Institute in 1998. The
nonprofit organization trains 100 people, most of them at-risk
teenagers, in auto mechanics and offers literacy classes as
well. Says Starke, who is single and lives in D.C., "How many
people can say they make the world a better place?"
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In addition to owning a Ford dealership in Salisbury, Md., May
is a football analyst at ESPN, for whom he does both college and
NFL broadcasts. His analysis of the Hogs: "We weren't the
prettiest," says May, who lives in Edgewater, Md., with his wife
and two kids. "We drank beer, had big bellies, but we worked
hard, and people liked that."
The 6'2", 245-pound Bostic would be a runt in today's supersized
NFL, but during his 14-year career he consistently pounded much
larger linemen. Married with three children, he resides in
Duluth, Ga., where he and his brother, former St. Louis Cardinals
lineman, Joe, run Bostic Brothers Construction. "I have to
admit," says Jeff, "it's kind of nice to live in total anonymity
for a change."
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Though he was a rookie in 1981, Grimm emerged as Boss Hog by
season's end. "He was the prototypical Hog," May says of the
four-time All-Pro. "He had the body of a hog, and he was the most
vocal." After nine seasons as a Skins assistant (1992-2000),
Grimm--along with his wife and four kids--moved to Pittsburgh,
where he is the Steelers' offensive line coach.
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Jacoby, who owns a Chrysler dealership in Warrenton, Va., says
it's no coincidence that three Hogs have owned car dealerships.
(Starke sold his Ford showroom in 1999.) "It all relates to our
playing days," says the four-time All-Pro, who is married with
two kids. (Twelve-year-old Lauren is a nationally ranked
swimmer.) "We're intense competitors. We enjoy the bragging
rights that come with selling the most cars."