“People started to believe in him at Baylor — believing what he was saying about turning it around,” his mother, Jacqueline Griffin, said. “And that’s what he knew he was going to do in Washington.”
‘Every day is a game day’
As the first Redskins players boarded the team bus at their Buffalo, N.Y., hotel on Aug. 9, on their way to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the team’s first preseason game against the Bills, they were met by a solitary figure in the front row. It was Griffin, and as each teammate walked past, he looked them in the eye, nodded and held up his fist for a fist-tap.
By this point in training camp, Griffin had become well known around Redskins Park as the first to arrive each morning and the last to leave each evening.
“I made sure I showed up early. I stayed late. I worked hard in practice,” Griffin said. “I brought a different type of attitude to practice than they were used to, [a feeling that] every day is a game day. There were some feisty practices between the offense and the defense — just a lot of chirping and a lot of intensity, which is something [teammates] said they hadn’t experienced before. So I just tried to bring that attitude, and then let the game play speak for itself.”