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Grier to Address Inspiring Students

Pro football legend, actor, singer, author and minister Rosey Grier has been confirmed as the featured speaker at the Long Beach Unified School District’s annual Most Inspiring Students Awards on June 2.

The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Long Beach Hilton, is sponsored by the nonprofit Long Beach Education Foundation.  The Harlem Renaissance-themed evening, complete with student performances, will honor one student from each school for working hard and persevering, often despite difficult odds.

Frank Mottek, news anchor for KNX 1070 Radio, will share Master of Ceremonies duties with Long Beach Education Foundation President Mike Murray.

“Rosey Grier has an amazing life story and continues to devote himself to worthy causes,” Murray said.  “We look forward to a memorable and inspiring evening.”

Grier earned numerous honors while playing professional football for the New York Giants (1955-1962) and the Los Angeles Rams (1963-1967).   He was part of the Rams’ dominant “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line and has since excelled in many other fields.  Television viewers have seen him on numerous hit shows such as “The Smothers Brothers” and “Quincy.”  Feature film credits include “Roots,” ‘Skyjacked,” “In Cold Blood” and “Carter’s Army.”  He is a best selling author whose titles include “Shooting Star,” “All American Heroes,” “Winning,” “Rosey, An Autobiography: The Gentle Giant” and “Needlepoint For Men.”

Grier was at the Ambassador Hotel the night Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  He helped apprehend Sirhan Sirhan and took the gun out of his hand.

Grier has two grandchildren who attend Hughes Middle School in Long Beach.

Learn more about Grier at

The cost for the dinner event is $100 per person.  All proceeds support the Foundation and its work with students.  To reserve a seat, send an email to or call 997-8323.


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