Cecil Grigg was a star football player for both Sherman High School and Austin College (1912-1914).. Grigg led Austin College to numerous victories over larger schools, including a 81-0 drubbing of his future employer Rice Institute in 1912. Grigg joined Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs in 1919 and quickly earned his stripes by returning three punts for touchdowns against Akron in his first professional game. Grigg played quarterback for the Canton Bulldogs for four years (1919-1923), winning three league championships in 1919, 1922, and 1923. He won another title in 1927 with the New York Giants before retiring from pro football. The following year, he was named head football coach and athletic director at Austin College until 1934. He then became Jimmy Kitts' top assistant at Rice for six years before becoming Rice's backfield coach under Jess Neely from 1940 to 1966. From 1934 through 1961, Grigg became the only man to coach the six Rice teams that won or tied for the Southwest Conference titles (1934, 1937, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1957). When he retired he was the only one to coach every one of the seven Owls teams that participated in major bowl games. Grigg was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1962.