Secondary Loses Pair of Vets
August 15, 2013
Adam Griffin wanted to be known for more than being the son of all-time Ohio State legend Archie Griffin, and his aim – at least in the present – was to do so by making a name for himself on the football field.
Now he may have to look for other avenues.
An Ohio State release today confirmed that the football career of the younger Griffin may have just come to a close after he underwent shoulder surgery Thursday morning. A fourth-year junior who prepped at Columbus DeSales, Griffin had become a valuable special teams performer and had worked his way into the two-deep at cornerback.
He planned to wear jersey No. 11 this season after donning No. 9 previously. Diminutive but fierce Antoine Winfield, the 1998 Thorpe Award winner, is among the former Buckeyes to wear No. 11.
Listed 5-8 and 183 pounds – his dad wasn’t known for intimidating size, either – Griffin played in all 12 games last season and logged 13 total tackles including eight solos. He also was credited with a pass defended and pass defended, the latter a stellar play on special teams to thwart fourth-down attempt by Penn State off of a fake punt.
“They call him ‘Young Arch’ all the time, but he’s strong in who he is,” Archie Griffin told The Cleveland Plain Dealer after his son won the special teams player of the week award after the 2012 opener with Miami (Ohio). “He doesn't let that stuff bother him. Somebody else might let that bother them. Adam is a very confident young man, and he knows who he is, and he doesn't try to be like his dad or anything like that.”
Adam’s older brother Andre also was a Buckeye football player.
However, Adam’s career appears cut short.
A Griffin family member confirmed the surgery and told SportsRappUp.com that “everything’s fine,” but preferred not to elaborate or speculate on Adam’s playing outlook.
Ironically, Griffin was the recipient of the team’s Iron Buckeye Award this past winter. It goes to the student-athlete who best exemplifies unquestionable physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership.
Griffin could try to return next season but could risk further injury to the shoulder.
Head coach Urban Meyer still has another year of dealing with a scholarship reduction due to NCAA sanctions that apply to misconduct prior to his arrival. The normal allotment of 85 has been reduced to 82 and the Buckeyes currently have just 78 healthy scholarship players on the roster.
Another veteran defensive back and local product, fifth-year safety Jamie Wood of Pickerington, also is going to have to bow to a shoulder injury.
Wood briefly walked away from the program because of a chronic injury to his AC joint, but tried to give it another go this offeseason. Listed 6-1 and 210 pounds, Wood played in 30 career games for OSU; Griffin appeared in 16.
Wood already has his degree in strategic communications and intends to enroll in graduate school. Griffin is majoring in consumer and family financial services.