|Titans safety Michael Griffin greets students during a special assembly at Croft Middle School on Tuesday.|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans Safety Michael Griffin surprised students and faculty at Croft Middle School on Tuesday for the third consecutive week of Titans Tuesdays school program.
Griffin was the guest of honor at a special school-wide assembly to encourage the youth and share his personal story. The school was chosen to participate in the Titans PLAY 60 Challenge by metro schools and Griffin was on hand to speak about the program.
Croft students will participate in the Titans PLAY 60 Challenge to become more physically active and to eat healthy in order to receive various prizes at the end of the challenge. Griffin also stressed the importance of leading an active lifestyle which includes a healthy diet of low-fat, high fiber foods, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains as well as encouraged the students to get at least 60 minutes of active play per day.
Griffin told the students that his biggest challenge at their age was making and keeping friends as his family moved every few years due to his parents' career in the military. He also shared that he wouldn't be the player he is today if he hadn't made good choices along the way.
"There were guys that were better athletes than I was, but they didn't make good choices in their lives," Griffin told the students. "I just stayed focused and kept working hard instead getting involved in things that weren't going to help me."
Griffin also talked about his parents keeping him accountable for his actions and grounded in addition to their encouragement. He also talked about how active he was as a kid, constantly being outside, playing basketball, participating in track and running around the neighborhood with friends.
"Video games will always be there," said Griffin. "There will be a new football game every year, but your time to go out and play and have fun is limited. So go outside and enjoy the things around you while you can."
When asked about who inspires him, Griffin spoke about his twin brother Marcus and how he has always been an incredible and positive influence in his life, giving him encouragement even this past Sunday before the game.
After the assembly, 32 students were chosen by the school for their leadership, grades and behavior to spend additional time with Griffin for a meet and greet opportunity.
The students were able to ask questions and were given an autographed poster and PLAY 60 materials. The school's principal, Ms. Juana Grandberry, said the students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet Griffin; to be recognized as school leaders and that they appreciated the encouragement to lead a healthy lifestyle. Titans Safety Michael Griffin surprised students and faculty at Croft Middle School on Tuesday for the third consecutive week of Titans Tuesdays school program. Titans Safety Michael Griffin surprised students and faculty at Croft Middle School on Tuesday for the third consecutive week of Titans Tuesdays school program.