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Cosumnes Oaks senior quarterback Anthony Grigsby Jr. always dazzled when the football was in his hands.
“People used to call me like Cam Newton back then because it was just easy like that,” Grigsby Jr. said. “So, growing up, going into freshman year, I was bigger than everybody, I was faster than everybody.”
In those moments, they indicated just who Anthony Grigsby Jr. was and who he would eventually become – a successful student-athlete looking to accomplish things just like his loved ones.
His family ties run deep in the region and are filled with success stories that motivate him every single day – his grandmother was one of the first African-American students to graduate from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Her brother, like her, was one of the first couple African-American students to graduate from Pacific.
Meanwhile, his father is an insurance agency owner.
“It’s good to have those people that I look up to to realize that they did something with their name,” Grigsby Jr. said. “Now I can’t mess it up now since I’m the new generation. My grandparents, my mom, my dad.
“My dad has been doing something. He’s always been a football player and he’s always been an athlete, but he learned to do something more. He learned how to make businesses. He’s learned how to do stocks. He’s learned excellence, and that’s something that drives me, too.”
With a driven mindset to carve out his own success story, Grigsby Jr. is doing whatever it takes to set himself apart.
Four days per week earlier this offseason, Grigsby Jr. worked out five times per day. He got up at 4:30 a.m., went to a 5 a.m. workout and finished around 7:30 a.m., then went home and ate.
Then, he was right back out the door, going to another workout at 8 a.m. and one at that same spot from 10 a.m. until noon before he went home for a bit.
A few hours later, he’s out the door again throwing with his team from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“Literally until the sun goes down,” Grigsby Jr. said. “That’s our cue to go. That’s our cue to leave. After that, I’d either lift in between workouts or just any time I have to do push ups, do sit ups. That was probably my schedule between March or February to about June.”
But the rest of the days still entailed multiple workouts, with those three days involving three workouts – one in the morning, one in the middle of the day and one late in the evening.
“The hard times are the times that you really get better and you reality figure out who you are when it comes to football,” Grigsby Jr. “Those are the things. My work ethic is probably the thing that really drives me.”
The results of that hard work have been there every step of the way.
His sophomore season featured 1,430 passing yards and 14 touchdowns to go alongside his 299 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his first campaign as a varsity player. During that time, he still noticed there was more he could do.
So, he added to his repertoire.
“That’s when I realized I can’t be bigger than everybody,” Grigsby Jr. said. “I can’t be faster than everybody, so I have to be more technical with the things that I do and I have to be smarter with how I play. And I started watching a lot more film, started doing a lot more technique stuff and learning how to actually play the quarterback position truly at a high level.
“That’s when I realized I could really do something with this.”
Those numbers skyrocketed in a sensational junior season, throwing for 2,713 yards and 30 touchdowns while running for 360 yards and three scores in Cosumnes Oaks’ run to an 8-4 overall record and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals.
Multiple opportunities to continue his football career and obtain a free education have presented themselves for the Cosumnes Oaks leader.
Rated as the No. 91 dual-threat quarterback in the country in the 2021 class by 247Sports, Grigsby Jr. boasts offers from Idaho, Missouri State and Southwest Minnesota State.
Other schools have reached out and are eager to see the strides he will make once again on the gridiron. The offseason has already been good to him, improving his 40-yard dash time from 4.8 to 4.63 seconds in the span of a month when he became the Quarterback MVP at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July, along with adding 45 pounds to his bench press and then bulking up 60 pounds on squat.
Most importantly, Grigsby Jr. wants to win more football games – a section title is the ultimate target – and bolster his teammates’ college ambitions like his.
“That’s honestly that’s my goal and that’s the whole team’s goal,” Grigsby Jr. said. “My goal is just to win the game. I’m trying to go game by game, and honestly the more I win the more fun it is going to be. I feel like the better my team is going to me. My goal was to honestly just help teammates get exposure. Help them get offered and help them get college for free.”
The only thing for me to say as a father is…”I LOVE YOU SON!”
You are such a humble respectful young man I’m so proud to call you my grandson. Love your nana
Your such an amazing and awesome 👏🏾 young man love ya too the moon and bacc
Stay HUNGRY AND HUMBLE!!! I proud of you
So proud! Keep shining
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