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Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:55 am
 

Ken Griffey Jr.'s son to play football at Arizona

Trey Griffey

By C. Trent Rosecrans


You want to feel old?

Trey Griffey -- son of Ken Griffey Jr. and grandson of Ken Griffey -- has made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Arizona.

That's right, The Kid's kid, is old enough to play college football.

Ken Griffey Jr. texted CBSSports.com with the news Monday night, joking that the scholarship will save him a little dough.

The youngest Griffey is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver that set records at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando this past season. Griffey caught 74 passes for 970 yards this past season, his only season at Dr. Phillips, both school records. He also had a 13-catch, 188-yard night to break the school's single-game records, held by Florida State wide receiver Kenny Shaw and Alabama running back Dee Hart, respectively. He was also selected to play at the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month.

Griffey was also recruited by Arizona State, Iowa State, Michigan State and Washington State.

Trey Griffey isn't the last Griffey you'll be hearing from in sports -- Ken's daughter, Taryn, led her team to a state basketball championship last year as a freshman and is already considered one of the top recruits for the Class of 2014. Taryn Griffey recently broke a Dr. Phillips record with nine 3-pointers -- on just nine attempts. The future Hall of Famer also brags about the speed and elusiveness of his youngest, Tevin, who is also a standout on the football field, but also has the most interest in baseball of the three Griffey kids.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

Kyle Parker You rarely hear about prospect injuries around New Year's, but few first-rounders are playing college football. Rockies first-rounder and Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker left the Meineke Bowl with broken ribs in the first half of the Tigers' loss to South Florida.

Parker signed with the Rockies, but took less money to play another season of football at Clemson, who were a pre-season contender for the ACC title. The Tigers went 6-7 and Parker had a disappointing season as a redshirt sophomore. The 21-year old threw 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions going into the bowl game and was 11 for 17 for 134 yards and an interception in the loss to the Bulls.

Parker led the team to a touchdown drive at the end of the half, but didn't return for the second half.

Parker, a big-time power prospect, got a $1.4 million signing bonus from the Rockies and may have left up to $800,000 for the opportunity to play college football this season. He turned down a $2.25 million offer from the Rockies to give up football.

In 2009-10, Parker became the first-ever college player to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in the same academic year. For the Tigers, Parker hit .344/.478/.656 with 20 home runs and 64 RBI as a first baseman and outfielder.

On the ESPN broadcast, the announcer said Parker had told them he will give up football after this season and start his career with the Rockies.

UPDATE: Here's what Parker, who suffered cracked and bruised ribs on the play above, said after the game and his choice to come back for another season of football from Greg Wallace of the Anderson Independent Mail :

 

"When you look at that, you have to look at the situation I was in,” he said. "If I would've gone and played baseball, I wouldn’t have known much it’d have been worth. That’s the way negotiations were. When you sit back and look in hindsight, it’s really tough to say. I think I’ve learned a lot of things. I don’t have any questions in my mind.

"If I never make it to the major leagues and have to get a real job, the $900,000 would be nice. If I’m sitting with the Rockies, making a comfortable living, knowing I made the right choice it could be worth it."

 

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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