This Football Player Is Also A Needlepoint Expert

Crafting: it’s a sport.

1. Rosey Grier is best known for being an NFL lineman for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams in the mid-’50s and ’60s. But did you know about his other passion?


4. He wanted to show other guys that they too could love needlepoint. So he wrote a book about it.

“…and that’s the truth brother.”

“…a piece with a real fine sense of humor.”

“Adapt something like this for one the softer, fragile ladies in your life.”

8. So incredibly focused.

9. Here he is with his self-portrait.

11. Lots of dudes in the NFL teased Rosey about his love of the handicraft, but he easily convinced many of them to see the beauty of needlepoint.

This guy is lovin’ it.

Kinda smug, but still obviously psyched.

14. He showed boys around the country that they should never feel ashamed of getting in touch with their crafty sides.

I’ve started getting letters from boys all over the country saying how they used to be ashamed to tell their pals that they liked practicing their violins or pianos, or how they’d die before they’d let anyone know they baked cookies or sewed with their mammas – all until they saw that big old Rosey does needlepoint.

15. THIS must have been some party.

16. He also sang the song “It’s Alright to Cry.”

It was part of the wonderful “Free To Be You and Me” compilation.

17. Rosey, YOU’RE THE BEST!

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