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Grier, Rosey

LC control no.n 78090831
Descriptive conventionsrda
LC classificationPS3557.R48838
Personal name headingGrier, Rosey
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Variant(s)Grier, Roosevelt
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1932-07-14
Place of birthCuthbert (Ga.)
AffiliationPennsylvania State University New York Giants (Football team) Los Angeles Rams (Football team) Special Olympics, Inc.
Kennedy Foundation for the Mentally Retarded American Neighborhood Enterprises (Organization)
Profession or occupationFootball players Social reformers Authors Singers
Found inData from Churchill Films for Rosey Grier ... [MP] 1978 (subj.) (Rosey Grier)
His Rosey, c1986: t.p. (Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier) p. 4 (b. 7/14/32; professional athlete)
African American National Biography, accessed December 21, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Grier, Rosey; Roosevelt Grier; football player, social reformer, author, singer-actor, celebrity; born 14 July 1932 in Cuthbert, Georgia, United States; enrolled in Penn State University and studied psychology, music, and education (1950); received first-team All-American football honors (1955); set an Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletics of America shot-put record (fifty-eight feet) in track and field; signed with the National Football League's New York Giants; won East Conference titles (1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962); was sent to the Los Angeles Rams (1964) where he earned two All-Pro titles; retired from football (1968); became a published songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and singer; performed at New York's Carnegie Hall (1963); hosted his own pioneering half-hour talk show, “The Rosey Grier Show” (1969); campaigned with Senator Robert Kennedy during his bid for the presidency (1968); had a starring role in the science fiction cult classic “The Thing with Two Heads” (1972); his book “The Rosey Grier Needlepoint Book for Men” was a best seller (1973); was ordained as a minister (1983) and devoted himself to religious and community causes; served on the board of the Special Olympics and the Kennedy Foundation for the Mentally Retarded; founded the American Neighborhood Enterprises (ANE) and served as chairman of the board for Impact Urban America; was a spiritual adviser for O. J. Simpson (1994-1995))