Michael Griffin (American football)

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Michael Griffin
Michael Griffin
Griffin in the 2013 NFL season.
No. 33     Tennessee Titans
Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Austin (TX) Bowie
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Debuted in 2007 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2013
Tackles 580
Quarterback sacks 3.0
Interceptions 21
INT return yards 287
Forced fumbles 11
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Devin Griffin (born January 4, 1985) is a professional American football safety for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Texas. He was drafted in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

High school career[edit]

Griffin played running back and defensive back at Bowie High School. He rushed for 2,127 yards and 25 TDs along with averaging 23.4 yards per catch in his final two seasons, earning honorable mention all-state (5A) honors as a running back and All-Central Texas at both running back and defensive back.

College career[edit]

Griffin attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he started his college football career in 2003 as a true freshman for the Texas Longhorns football team. Griffin played all 12 games that season, but only started against Texas Tech and Washington State. Griffin recorded 65 tackles, with two sacks, and forced three fumbles.

Griffin's sophomore season, 2004, he also played 12 games, starting one. He registered 49 tackles, one sack, blocked two punts, tallied an interception, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble.

For Griffin's junior season, 2005, he started 12 of 13 games at strong safety. Griffin was honored with a second-team All-Big 12 selection. Griffin led the team with 124 tackles, along with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and one caused fumble. Griffin tied Texas' single-season record with four punt blocks. Griffin intercepted a pass at the goal line in Texas' 41-38 Rose Bowl win against Southern California for the National Championship.

Through the 2006 football season, he had appeared in 37 career games including 15 starts and posted 238 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four interceptions, five caused fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and a UT school record six blocked punts.

NFL career[edit]

Griffin was drafted with the 19th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. On May 4, head coach Jeff Fisher stated that Griffin would be moved from safety to cornerback due to Adam Pacman Jones year long suspension, however later on in the season Griffin was moved back to safety after depth at the cornerback position developed better than expected and then starting free safety Calvin Lowry struggled to prevent the big play. Griffin finished the season with three interceptions and one forced fumble (all of which came at the safety position), as well as fifty-four total tackles. On June 19, 2012, Griffin agreed to a 5-year-deal worth roughly $35 million.[1] On November 9, 2012, Griffin was fined $20,000 for his horse-collar tackle on Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.[2]


In college, Griffin was an honors student majoring in youth and community studies.[3] His twin brother, Marcus Griffin, was also a defensive back at UT. He always wears a watch during practices and his teammates often ask him how many minutes before practice is over. Their parents, Ronald and Mae, are both retired from the United States Armed Services.

In 2010 Griffin joined the School of the Legends (SOTL), which is an online community for NFL Players, coaches, and fans.

Griffin is engaged to long time girlfriend, Shantel Spence, mother of his daughter Mya D. Griffin.


  1. ^ "Tennessee Titans, tagged Michael Griffin agree to multiyear deal - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Fines roundup: Michael Vick of Eagles docked for low block". National Football League. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ Michael Griffin - Biography at titansonline.com Retrieved 19. August 2013

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