Griffin scores first TD in NFC Championship game

Garrett Griffin

NEW ORLEANS — It did not take long for his fans to realize Garrett Griffin was suited up for the New Orleans Saints NFC Divisional Round Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 13.

While players were stretching prior to the game, Saints coach Sean Payton was walking around shaking hands with players when the camera caught him greeting Griffin.

Griffin, a graduate of Louisburg High School, played tight end at Air Force Academy and signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent two years ago.

He spent most of his first two seasons on the Saints practice squad. Griffin was activated from the practice squad and played tight end as an extra blocker during the playoff game and was also utilized on special teams.

Griffin blocked Philadelphia linebacker LaRoy Reynolds to free Alvin Kamara for a first-down run that sealed the game with 58 seconds on the clock. The Saints ran out the clock in the 20-14 come-from-behind playoff victory.

He also signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The New Orleans Saints play the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game at the Superdome on Sunday, Jan. 20. Under coach Payton, the Saints are 6-0 in home playoff games.

Griffin was signed by the Saints on May 16, 2016. He spent most of the 2016-17 season on the practice squad, but was activated to the roster and saw action in three regular season games. He had a 4-yard reception at Tampa Bay on Dec. 31, 2016.

During his collegiate career at Air Force Academy, Griffin played in 44 games, lettering each of his four seasons. He had 41 receptions for 678 yards and eight touchdowns.

Griffin, 6-foot, 4-inches, 240 pounds, was a starting tight end for Air Force Academy.

He is a 2012 graduate of Louisburg High School. During his junior year, Griffin helped lead the Louisburg Wildcat football team to an undefeated 14-0 Class 4A state championship.

Griffin played in 12 games for Air Force Academy in 2014, starting 10 games. He caught 16 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. He had two catches for 80 yards, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown at San Diego State University. His 74-yard catch was the 11th longest in Air Force Academy history.

He caught two passes for 56 yards and a career best two touchdowns against Army. Griffin also made two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown against Navy. Griffin was named the national tight end of the week after his performance against Navy.

Griffin was a four-year letter-winner for the Louisburg High School Wildcats in football where he played for his father, coach Gary Griffin. He also lettered in track and field and basketball.

He was a four-year all-league selection in football. Griffin was all-state two years and named one of the top 11 players in the state his senior season.

Griffin was a two-time state champion in the javelin and helped lead the track team to the Class 4A state championship in 2011. He was a state qualifier in the hurdles as well for the Wildcats.

He is the son of Gary and Lori Griffin of Louisburg.

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