In his final game at Kroger Field, senior defensive back Jordan Griffin got a little help from his old friend, Mike Edwards.
Now a starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, arguably the best game of the Badger’s career at Kentucky came on his final Saturday at Kroger Field in 2018. Playing against a Middle Tennessee team that was bound for the C-USA Championship Game, on the fourth play of the game Edwards picked off a pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. Four plays later he forced a fumble and became just the second defensive back to join UK’s 300-tackle club.
Before his final soiree at Kroger Field, Griffin recalled Edwards’ final bow. “I saw what he wore on Senior Night so I put the exact same thing on, as far as attire.”
Griffin put on his white shoes, a white undershirt and a sleeve Mike gave him before he left Lexington. Amazingly, it helped Griffin play just like Mike. On the fourth drive of the game Tutu Atwell tipped Micale Cunningham’s pass. The ball bounced right into Griffin’s hands for his third career interception and second this season.
“I’m not gonna lie, I kind of thought I was Mike in that situation,” he said.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 3, 2019
The white sleeve may some magical powers. Griffin should make sure one Wildcat is wearing that on his right arm for Senior Day 2020.