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Grier Talks Fatherhood, Football

When Will Grier took a pass at entering the 2018 NFL Draft, the gold-and-blue nation rejoiced. For one more season, “Touchdown Jesus” will guide the WVU football team as its star quarterback, though we’ll have to stick him with a new nickname since he hacked off his long dark locks.

Analysts foresee Grier as a Heisman contender this year and predict he’ll be a top five pick in the 2019 draft. But first, let’s savor his swan song as a Mountaineer and take a look behind the bearded husband, father, sociology-studying Zen master and resident “old man on the team.”

Q: What led you back to WVU?
A: It wasn’t one or two things. It was a group of things. WVU is a great place, and it’s been nothing but an awesome experience for me and my family.  

Q: You have an 18-month-old daughter Eloise (Elle). What were her first words?
A: Dada ... her favorite. 

Grier Baby   

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Q: Was she horrified when you cut your hair?
A: She still recognized me. But if I shaved my beard, she would be like [makes suspicious face]. She used to pull on it, too. Now she just pulls Jeanne’s [his wife’s] hair. 

Q: Would you rather change a diaper blowout or get yelled at by Coach Holgorsen?
A: Get yelled at by Holgorsen. I usually don’t jump on that [changing diapers]. 

Q: Favorite family hangout spots?
A: Elle likes to run around. We take her to the park. She doesn’t like the swing too much. She just likes to run around a lot. And walking up steps. I had her here [the Milan Puskar Center] the other day and we walked laps up and down the stairs.

Grier Family   

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Q: Do you ever have “you time?”
A:  If I need to, I’ll go upstairs and meditate for 30 minutes.

Q: Any advice for new dads?
A: Meditate. 

Q: Any advice for new dads who are starting quarterbacks and college students?
A: Make sure your time management is good and you know what’s  important to you. Know who you are and where you want to be. 

Grier   

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Q: Who has the better hair, you or Coach Holgorsen?
A: I love Coach Holgs’ hair. Nobody else has that. 

Q: Your dream job that’s not football-related?
A: With my experience, it would translate well into owning a business or managing people. I know how to lead a team and work toward a goal.  

Q: What do you love about WVU?
A: I love the passion this place has for football. The pride they have for the state. It’s a really special place. There are no pro teams, so everyone cares about the University and our sports. It’s a lot of pride and passion. 

Grier Leaving Field

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Will Grier, of Charlotte, N.C., earned his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and is working toward a second degree in sociology. The 2018 football season kicks off Sept. 1 when WVU faces Tennessee in Grier’s hometown of Charlotte. 

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