Trey Griffey Was Signed to 3 NFL Teams but Never Played an Official Game

Trey Giffey is the son of Ken Griffey Jr. and the grandson of Ken Griffey Sr. His father and grandfather played baseball, and their records are exceptional. Trey Griffey is 28 years old and decided not to continue his family’s legacy in baseball. Instead, he chose to play football, but his career has not taken off as he hopped.

Treys Griffey’s college football career

Trey Griffey #15 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during an NFL preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field
Trey Griffey of the Pittsburgh Steelers | Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Since high school, Trey Griffey has had great success in football, and when he joined college, he continued in his role as a wide receiver in college. He had 79 receptions for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns in his Arizona career. When he was with the Wildcats in college, Ken Griffey III started four games as a redshirt freshman with 14-170 two touchdowns. In his sophomore year, he only started two but with 31-105 and a touchdown, which improved. He didn’t impact the team in his junior year since he injured his foot, with 11-284 and one touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts let go of Trey Griffey 2 months after signing

His senior season was his best yet, with 23 receptions for 382 yards and two touchdowns. After college, Trey Griffey’s record was not the best, and he was undrafted in the National Football League NFL until the 2017 NFL draft. According to Bleacher Report, the Indianapolis Colts signed him on as an undrafted free agent. His stay with the Indianapolis Colts did not last long since Trey was waived due to an injury on June 12.

The Miami Dolphins later signed Griffey

According to the MLB, the Miami Dolphins signed Trey Griffey on August 15. He featured in the team’s last preseason games, but there were no statistics for either game. He was waived on Sept. 2 for not making it down the cutdown date. For the rest of 2017, he was out of the league but still signed a reserve or future contract on Jan. 29, 2018.

Trey Griffey’s short reign with the Pittsburgh Steelers

On Jan. 29, 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Trey Griffey to a reserve contract, waived him on Sep. 1, 2018, and had him join their practice team the next day, according to Behind the Steel Curtain. After he produced four receptions for 44 yards on nine targets, the Pittsburgh Steelers resigned Trey on Jan. 1, 2019, and reserved him for a future contract once he proved himself on the practice squad.

While the chances of ever being on an official roster are slim, Griffey’s luck could change, and we will see him in the NFL if he keeps proving his athleticism. He has the talent and maybe the reason behind him not having an impact on NFL teams is because there’s is stiff competition in the league. His father’s Hall of Fame achievement is quite a high bar, but his achievement of making it to the NFL is not something even 1% of college players achieve. Still, NFL fans hope he will be drafted into a team and play in official games one day.

In 2016, when Ken Giffey Jr. was set to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his former team decided to honor him by wasting a draft on his football-loving son. This draft came during the 24th round, which was his dad’s number, and so, he is officially on the MLB Draft Tracker listed as a center fielder, which was his dad’s position.

The Seattle Mariners’ decision to draft him was unfounded and wasteful since he did not even play the game in high school or college, according to SB Nation. He refused this draft and said he left baseball when he was 11 years old. Trey’s passion is football; he even had an amazing catch in 2013 when he played in the Advocare V100 Bowl.

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