SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Grant Wistrom has done it all in his
college and NFL careers, winning three national championships at
Nebraska and a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams. Now he's looking
to add the title of "coach" to his football résumé, and he's
willing to start small.
Released last month from the Seattle Seahawks, the 30-year-old
defensive end plans to move home to southwest Missouri and become
an assistant coach at the Springfield high school where his older
brother, Chance, is principal.
Wistrom hasn't officially retired from the NFL, but said Monday
he is "99.9 percent sure" he won't be playing an 11th season in
The Wistrom brothers and Parkview High School head coach Wes
Beachler confirmed Monday that Grant Wistrom would be joining the
"This is what we can do now," said Grant Wistrom, a Webb City
native. "I like what [Beachler] is doing, I respect him as a
coach, I respect his philosophies and I get to hang with my brother
a little bit."
Chance Wistrom is excited to be back around his brother, too. He
coached at Seneca High School from 1999-2003, but now gets to see
his brother grow as a coach.
"We're excited to have him here, and he's excited to have the
opportunity to be close to family and coach," Chance Wistrom said.