Greg Grimes tells Seattle police that he and Robert Lance Theoudele never got along when they played football together at the University of Washington in the late '70s. Both were defensive backs, and Grimes says he and Theoudele (pronounced Tudell) "were involved in several altercations against each other" and that he "went out of his way to avoid contact" with his rival off the field. If Grimes didn't like Theoudele then, he certainly doesn't like him now. King County prosecutors have charged Theoudele, 54, with identity theft, alleging that he told police his name was Grimes when he was arrested on multiple occasions.
Grimes, court documents say, walked into the Sacramento County Sheriff's office earlier this year and offered to have his fingerprints taken "because someone was using his name in Washington and he needed to clear up that matter." Seattle police compared the prints to ones taken from Theoudele and confirmed the fraud. Theoudele also reportedly gave Grimes' date of birth to police, but never the correct Social Security number.
Grimes and Theoudele were teammates on the 1978 team that won the Rose Bowl and had a reputation for off-the-field incidents. From a Seattle P-I retrospective published on the 10th anniversary of the 27-20 Bowl victory:
The 1977-78 Huskies were built around a free-spirited attitude as much as talent. Admittedly, it took time to harness the former.
En route to their 1-3 start, the Huskies dropped a 22-20 setback at Syracuse. Making matters worse, several players were caught partying before the game, drawing James' ire and severe punishment . . .
. . . "Maybe we had a little criminal element--like the Raiders," admitted Dan Chavira, former offensive guard whose on- and off-field antics remain legendary. "But you knew who you could rely on when it got tough."
The same article from the P-I archives says Grimes was working as a probation officer and assistant high-school football coach, while Theoudele was employed as a drywall hanger.
It appears that both men have sons named after them who are or were college football players. Greg Grimes Jr. is a sophomore defensive tackle for Boise State, while Robert Theoudele Jr. played wide receiver at Northeastern University. On his website, the younger Theoudele says his father played professionally for the Oakland Raiders, but a search for Theoudele on Pro-Football-Reference.com turns up zero results.