Joel Neal Grisham transferred from Itawamba Junior College after
playing football and basketball in 1955 and became a highly
decorated student athlete at Austin Peay as a member of the
football and track teams.
While at Austin Peay, he was named All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference and team MVP in 1956 along with earning the Russell Award, presented for leadership, scholarship and athletic ability.
In track, he set the school record in both the 440-yard dash and the javelin while serving as the anchor on the mile relay and also running the 220-yard dash.
Grisham received the Joy Award, symbolic of Austin Peay's oustanding senior athlete.
Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and the Candaian Football League's Toronto Argonauts.