Jackson, TN- Every year the NFL looks for the small school stars that have NFL ability to make it to the next level and most year teams in the NFL find hidden gems. This year it will be no different for some NFL team that drafts or signs Lambuth’s DB Rodney Griffin. Lambuth is a small school in Jackson, Tennessee that was put on the map by current New York Giants wide receiver Ron Dixon who was a third round draft choice in 2000. This years Lambuth’s biggest hope to get in the NFL is Griffin who is a 5-11 175 CB who also has the ability to play FS and return kicks.
Last season at Lambuth he was 1st Team All Mid-South Conference at CB. He was the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week. In one game he had 14 tackles, 1 interception, and broke-up 2 passes. Included in the 14 tackles were 11 solo tackles. He led team with 67 tackles (41 unassisted) and 4 interceptions, also had 7 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, to go along with returning 7 kicks for 124 yards, averaging 17.7 yards per return. In 2001 Griffin led team with 83 tackles and 3 interceptions for 68 yards, also had 7 pass breakups and one fumble recovery and was named 2nd Team All Mid-South Conference.
Right now Griffin is training and getting ready for his Pro-Day at Lambuth where there will be many scouts in Jackson, TN to check him out. Many NFL teams have scout him and now are requesting more game tape on him including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Super Bowl Champs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“What ever team that I go to I will work hard and do whatever it takes to win and be successful in the NFL,” said Griffin.
This is true and his head coach at Lambuth agrees with him.
“Rodney Griffin was elected 1st team all-conference DB and we could not vote for our own players. His strengths are his intelligence, leadership, he has a terrific attitude, his breaks on the ball, his feet, he has good speed and he has great work ethic,” said Lambuth head football coach Vic Wallace.
Griffin has been playing football since he was 9 years old and he comes out of a rich high school tradition where he played on the same high school team in Miami, Florida as Rohan Davey New England Patriots back-up quarterback.
“ I would say that I compare myself to Al Harris of the Philadelphia Eagles and Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders,” said Griffin. “That is because I’m aggressive and play the ball well.”
Griffin has plans after his playing career is done as well.
“I want to go back to school and get my Master Degree and start coaching college football, because I love the game and I think I have good knowledge of the game and can teach younger players,” Griffin explains.