I was blessed to have coached Andre Griffin during his high school career. At that time, he was a high character student-athlete, a great leader, and a terrific football player. He was a full-time 2-way player and led the team in both rushing and tackles. He was selected Conference MVP and earned all-state honors.
Andre went on to become a football student-athlete at Ohio State, as well as a graduate of the university. I always believed Andre would be a terrific coach, and he did get into coaching, first at the high school level, then the college level, eventually become a high school head coach, and again a college coach. At each stop, he has made a lasting impact on the student-athletes he coached. He always put the welfare of the person coach, as, to him, it was much more than trying to win football games.
This spirit of giving back led Andre to create the A Griffin Legacy Foundation, holding camps and fundraisers to benefit youths, families, and others in the community. He is and always has been about giving to others. I always stressed to my student-athletes to be givers, rather than takers. He has certainly become a very impressive giver!