San Diego CA—Local community leader and former San Diego Chargers defensive end Burt Grossman has been tabbed as the first-ever head of the Indoor Football League’s San Diego Strike Force.
A former first-round pick of the Chargers in 1989, eighth overall out of the University of Pittsburgh, Grossman spent seven seasons in the NFL, including five with the Chargers (1989-93) and two (1994-95) with the Philadelphia Eagles. A serious neck injury ended his career prematurely in 1996, but not before Grossman wrapped up his career having totaled 276 tackles and 43.5 sacks.
“I’m excited for this opportunity and I want to thank Strike Force President Greg Anderson and General Manager Brian Cox for believing in me and offering me the chance to serve as the franchise’s first head coach, it’s truly an honor” said Grossman. “I know that there are a lot of football fans in San Diego who are hungry to embrace a team they can call their own and be proud of, and we’re going to do everything we can on the field and in the community to give them just that.”
“We can’t think of a better coach and person to lead our team into this first season here in San Diego than Burt,” said Anderson. “Not only did he prove and establish himself
on the field as a player here in San Diego, but more importantly he’s done some incredible things in the community and he’s exactly the kind of leader we wanted for the Strike Force.”