Ken Griffey Jr.’s Son Has Had a Less-Than-Stellar NFL Career So Far

Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. were both excellent baseball players. Griffey Jr. was one of the greatest to ever play in the MLB. Griffey Sr., on the other hand, was a part of one of the most legendary teams in baseball history on the Cincinnati Reds. Now, Griffey Jr.’s son, Trey Griffey, has his own athletic career, but he has decided to play football instead of baseball. However, his athletic career has not been nearly as successful as his dad’s or his grandfather’s.

Trey Griffey is living in the shadow of Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.

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Both, Griffey Sr. and Griffey Jr. had spectacular careers in the MLB. 

The Cincinnati Reds selected Griffey Sr. in the 29th round of the 1969 MLB draft. He ultimately starred for the Reds in the majors from 1973 through 1981. He earned three All-Star selections in those seasons, and he helped the Reds win back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. 

Griffey Sr. then played on the New York Yankees for over four seasons, and for the Atlanta Braves during three separate seasons from 1986 to 1988. He played for the Reds again during three separate seasons from 1988 to 1990 and then played with Griffey Jr. on the Seattle Mariners in 1990 and 1991. 

For his career, Griffey Sr. had a .296 batting average and 1,129 runs scored. He also earned three All-Star selections, two World Series titles, and an All-Star MVP award. 

Griffey Jr., on the other hand, was one of the greatest players to ever play in the MLB. His career, which was mostly spent with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, helped him earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. 

He was ultimately a 13-time MLB All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, an AL MVP, a seven-time Silver Slugger, an All-Star MVP, and a one-time Major League Player of the Year. Griffey Jr. finished his career with a .284 batting average, 1,662 runs scored, 1,836 RBIs, and 630 career home runs, which is seventh all-time. 

Trey played for Arizona in college

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Griffey Sr.’s best sport was actually football, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He did not take that career path, but his grandson has.

After Trey Griffey caught 73 passes for 970 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior year in high school, he went and played college football for the Arizona Wildcats, according to his bio on Arizona’s team site. He redshirted his freshman year in 2012, and in 2013, Trey played in 11 games, but just caught 14 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns on the season. 

Then in 2014, Trey played in 14 games and caught 31 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown. That ended up being his best season statistically, though. 

In 2015, Trey missed the first six games with a foot injury, according to his bio, but played in the final seven. He ultimately caught 11 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown. Then in Trey’s final season in 2016, he played in 12 games and caught 23 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns. 

For his career, Trey caught 79 passes for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns at Arizona. 

He has signed with a few NFL teams

Ken Griffey Jr. and his dad were both excellent in the MLB. Griffey Jr.'s son, Trey Griffey, has yet to find a lot of success in the NFL.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Trey Griffey looks at the field in the first half during a preseason game in 2018. | Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Trey’s play in college was not good enough to get him drafted in 2017, but he has signed with some NFL teams over the years.

Trey first signed with the Indianapolis Colts. They, however, released him in July 2017, according to Sports Illustrated. He then spent some time with the Miami Dolphins before they released him in the final round of roster cuts. 

Then in January 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Trey to a futures contract, according to Sports Illustrated. However, before the 2019 season in August, the Steelers released Trey, according to the team’s site. He has not yet recorded any NFL stats, according to

Trey Griffey clearly has some talent if he is good enough to sign with multiple NFL teams. However, his career has just not yet lived up to his dad’s or grandpa’s baseball careers. That is a pretty tough task to achieve, though.

Baseball stats courtesy of Baseball Reference