Remembering Grant Feasel
July 16, 2012
The Seahawks mourn the death of former offensive lineman Grant Feasel, age 52, who passed away peacefully in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, July 15, after a lengthy illness.
A service in honor of Grant will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills:
Legacy Church of Christ
8801 Mid-Cities Blvd.
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
A reception will follow immediately at Fort Worth Christian School, located down the street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grant Feasel Endowment Football Scholarship. Memorials to this endowment should be mailed to:
Abilene Christian University
ACU Box 20132
Abilene, Texas 79699-9132
Feasel played eight seasons in the NFL, and he was a starter at center for the Seahawks from 1989-91. He was drafted by the then-Baltimore Colts in the sixth round of the 1983 Draft, and played for Baltimore-Indianapolis (1983-1984), Minnesota (1984-1986), and Seattle (1987-1992).
He was an all-America lineman for Abilene Christian University, and was selected in 1997 to the NCAA Division II Team of the Quarter Century. He arrived in Abilene in the summer of 1978 as a 6-5, 215-pound offensive tackle from Barstow, Calif. By the time he left ACU as a 1983 graduate he had grown into a 6-7, 295-pound behemoth who earned almost every conceivable award available to an NCAA Division II offensive lineman.
Feasel was a roommate of alumni quarterback Jeff Kemp on road trips while they were Seahawks teammates in the late 80’s and early 90’s. And Kemp has fond remembrances of their time together.
“Grant was the quintessential sacrificial warrior. He wrapped himself up in the duty to clear the way for and protect his teammates,” said Kemp. “He took his job so seriously. Our families grew up together and Grant deeply loved his family. He had a great sense of humor, but never during the heat of battle.”
Feasel played in and started 47 games from 1989-91, including playing every offensive snap in the 1989 season.
“Grant was deeply conscientious and took his job incredibly seriously,” recalls Kemp. “As a holder for field goals, I would always ask him to snap hard-to-handle snaps to me after practice so I could prepare for the toughest situations, but Grant would never allow himself to snap anything but perfect snaps. Part of that was his desire to never allow coaches to see him at less than his dependable best.”
Kemp shares a recent memory with his old teammate that had both in stitches.
“I had dinner with Grant in Dallas about 2 years ago, and we laughed uproariously at our joint misfortune of having been a part of a classic NFL blooper which nearly gave coach Chuck Knox a heart attack. One game against Denver in the noisy Kingdome, Grant and I crossed signals on when to snap the ball. The ball blasted me in the earhole of my helmet while I was looking at kicker Norm Johnson to see if he was ready. The ball bounced around the field and a pile of Broncos dove on me as I scrambled to cover the ball. Grant reminded me at that dinner that he could never forget Chuck Knox’s opening line of his next week’s talk to our team: Chuck told us that, in his last days when he’d be confined to a nursing bed, connected to an iron lung, his last thoughts on this earth would be, ‘Why in the hell did Grant Feasel snap that ball into Jeff Kemp’s head in our game against Denver?'”
Another of Grant’s teammates, Stan Eisenhooth (Seahawks offensive lineman – 1987-1988) recalls some extracurricular food runs with Grant.
“I will never forget the late night runs to get tacos during training camp,” said Eisenhooth. “He was a great teammate and friend. He will be missed.”
Harper LeBell (Seahawks tight end – 1989) played alongside Grant for a season, and recalls his great sense of humor.
“Grant would often sing the catchy tune from Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs while walking out to practice,” said LeBell. “At the top of his voice he would begin… ‘Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho…’ It was off to work he went! He was a great teammate and a lot of fun in the locker room. I’m sure Chuck Knox and the entire coaching staff were thrilled to have him anchor the offensive line as the starting center for the team.”
A long time resident of Colleyville, Texas, Grant is survived by his sons, Sean and Spencer, and daughter, Sarah; mother, Patricia Feasel; sister, Linda Feasel Slayton; brother, Greg Feasel; his children’s mother, Cyndy Feasel; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
“Grant Feasel was a consummate football player, a trustworthy teammate, and a good man… a man who loved his family,” said Kemp.