Adam Griffith: A Kicker’s Story

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Tucaloosa, Ala. – The words “hero” and “goat” are often synonymous to the position of placekicker.  In his time at The University of Alabama, placekicker Adam Griffith has been on the receiving end of both terms.

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Many now know Griffith’s backstory thanks to a video biography produced by ESPN.  Griffith was born in Poland and raised in an orphanage.  At the age of 13, he was adopted by an American family from Georgia.  In high school, he was a member of the Calhoun High School Yellow Jackets located in Calhoun, Georgia.  Griffith was the 49th recruit in Georgia and was ranked the number one kicker in the nation.  A red shirt freshman, through hard work and dedication,  Griffith ultimately found himself as the starting kicker for the Crimson Tide.

During his career at Alabama, Griffith has had some memorable games.  For Auburn fans, Griffith’s 57 yard attempt, that fell short and was returned for a touchdown in 2013, is a memorable victory.  Of course, a runner has 10 other guys to get by on the football field, but it’s the kicker who is usually going to get the spotlight.  It goes back to the whole hero/goat dynamic.  In 2014, Adam played in the spring game with bursitis in his right (kicking) hip.  The injury, which was not publicized, required stem cell therapy from Dr. James Andrews and a month of recovery.  At the end of the 2014 season, Griffith had a “second” chance against Auburn.  Griffith made the best of that opportunity by kicking five field goals and two extra points in a 29-13 Alabama victory.  You can do the math.  For Griffith, it was redemption.  When asked about the kick that fell short against Auburn in 2013, he responded, “I forgot about that kick.  I don’t even remember that kick anymore. That was before. I don’t even think about it.”  Last season, with a tied game and the College Playoff National Championship on the line, Griffith kicked an onside kick which ultimately gave Alabama the momentum needed to propel Alabama to a 45-40 victory over Clemson.

According to Griffith’s high school coach, Griffith considered entering the NFL Draft at the end of last season, but chose to remain at Alabama for his final year. Griffith, who has already graduated, will suit up one final time as a member of the Crimson Tide on January 9th as they take on Clemson for the College Football National Championship.  Last week, Griffith made his lone field goal attempt against Washington.  Griffith will be on the field against Clemson next Monday and win or lose, at the end of the National Championship game, Griffith will take his place in Alabama Football history.  For Alabama fans, Griffith has been a part of many memorable moments.  Griffith’s story is one of success.  On January 9th, he’ll be ready to play.  You can “Mark It Down”.

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