Griffin will wear Eddie's number, play corner
First-round draft pick Michael Griffin has just done two interviews on Nashville sports radio with a few interesting comments.
The most surprising is that he will wear the number 27 uniform for the Titans, the same number he wore at Texas and the same number that used to be on Eddie George's two-tone blue uniform.
The Titans still have a banner featuring Eddie which adorns one side of the Coliseum, now LP Field. Most people, myself included, believed the Titans had reserved number 27, awaiting the appropriate time to retire it.
Wearing Eddie's number will come with high expectations and shows the level of confidence the team has in Griffin's abilities and character. They must believe he will continue the tradition of bringing credit to the uniform, team and city, as Eddie did before him.
A former Heisman trophy winner at Ohio State, Eddie is the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 10,009 yards and has been selected to four Pro Bowls.
The other big news from the interviews -- Griffin was asked if the Titans had told him what position they'd like for him to play and he said he will begin at corner. If that doesn't work, then they'll move him back to safety.
He said a lot of good things which showed why the Titans were high on his character. Griffin said he doesn't drink or use drugs and said nothing good happens downtown or late at night.
Griffin's parents were both in the military and he was raised to say "yes, sir," "no, sir," "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am," which he did throughout the two interviews.
Mack Brown's Texas program was credited for the high quality of character in their players, with names such as Vince Young, Ahmard Hall and Bo Scaife used as examples.
Griffin credited Hall for making him a better player, saying that after taking on his blocks in practice it was a lot easier to take on lead blockers in games.