During the Redskins' 1981 minicamp, Washington offensive line coach Joe Bugel took one look at his herd of linemen and yelled, "O.K., you hogs, let's go down in the bullpen and hit those sleds." Bugel used the moniker to unite the group. T-shirts were made, and any Hog caught not wearing his to practice owed Bugel five dollars. By the following season this collection of fine swine had become the most feared (and renowned) offensive line in the NFL, helping lead the Skins to their first Super Bowl title. Says George Starke, "We made offensive linemen famous."
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Disgusted by daily headlines of inner-city shootings, Starke opened the Washington, D.C.-based Excel Institute in 1998. The nonprofit organization trains 100 people, most of them at-risk teenagers, in auto mechanics and offers literacy classes as well. Says Starke, who is single and lives in D.C, "How many people can say they make the world a better place?"
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In addition to owning a Ford dealership in Salisbury, Md., May is a football analyst at ESPN, for whom he does both college and NFL broadcasts. His analysis of the Hogs: "We weren't the prettiest," says May, who lives in Edgewater, Md., with his wife and two kids. "We drank beer, had big bellies, but we worked hard, and people liked that."
The 6'2", 245-pound Bostic would be a runt in today's supersized NFL, but during his 14-year career he consistently pounded much larger linemen. Married with three children, he resides in Duluth, Ga., where he and his brother, former St. Louis Cardinals lineman, Joe, run Bostic Brothers Construction. "I have to admit," says Jeff, "it's kind of nice to live in total anonymity for a change."
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Though he was a rookie in 1981, Grimm emerged as Boss Hog by season's end. "He was the prototypical Hog," May says of the four-time All-Pro. "He had the body of a hog, and he was the most vocal." After nine seasons as a Skins assistant (1992-2000), Grimm—along with his wife and four kids—moved to Pittsburgh, where he is the Steelers' offensive line coach.
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Jacoby, who owns a Chrysler dealership in Warrenton, Va., says it's no coincidence that three Hogs have owned car dealerships. (Starke sold his Ford showroom in 1999.) "It all relates to our playing days," says the four-time All-Pro, who is married with two kids. (Twelve-year-old Lauren is a nationally ranked swimmer.) "We're intense competitors. We enjoy the bragging rights that come with selling the most cars."