Son of Mariners legend spotlighted in NFL preseason game
File this under the ‘neat’ category.
Typically we don’t post stuff like this on SoDo Mojo, but this was too cool to pass up. Former Arizona Wildcats wide receiver and son of Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr., Trey Griffey, earned himself some spotlight on NBC’s broadcast of last night’s preseason matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans.
Griffey, the Mariners’ honorary 24th-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, made a solid 23-yard catch along the sideline after Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs avoided pressure and put the ball on the money. It wasn’t a spectacular play by any means, at least from Griffey’s side of things, but it certainly caught the attention of the NFL’s PR team.
Shortly after the catch, commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth spoke a little about Trey as pictures of him and his dad throughout the latter’s career flashed up on the screen. In what was a brief and ultimately meaningless moment for most of the remaining viewers and the ~16 fans still in attendance in Nashville, it was a cool moment to see as a Mariners fan.
This was Griffey’s first catch of the preseason, which, given his status on the bubble, doesn’t bode too well for his chances of making Pittsburgh’s 53-man roster. But it’s still a moment that only a select amount of athletes get to experience in their careers and one that will surely be cherished by the Griffey family.
Griffey still may have a chance of making a practice squad once the NFL season kicks off, but if this does spell the end of his professional football career, maybe a shot at baseball within the lower levels of the Mariners’ system is in the cards. That would more than likely not happen, as Griffey has solely focused on football in his athletic endeavors, but I wouldn’t be opposed to see the Griffey name in the organization once more.