The Indianapolis Colts have officially hired Ryan Grigson, former Philadelphia Eagles director of player personnel, to be their next general manager. The Colts announced the news with a post on their official blog.
Grigson, who has been with the Eagles in a number of capacities for almost eight years after being hired by the team as a scout in 2004, will replace former Colts general manager Bill Polian, who was fired on January 2.
Grigson is an Indiana native and played college football for Purdue in the early 1990s; he missed a full season after his stomach was hit by a defender's helmet, causing a kidney ailment, but would return to serve as one of Purdue's captains. After being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995 and bouncing to the Detroit Lions and then the Canadian Football League, Grigson retired after suffering a career-ending back injury in 1997. His first post-playing job in the NFL was a scouting position with the St. Louis Rams in 1999.