The Indianapolis Colts just added a player to their team who’s last name may ring a bell. Sports appear to run in their newest addition’s family. The Colts just signed Trey Griffey. When the son of a former Major League baseball player became available the Colts jumped into action.
Griffey was a top 10 pick for a reason, and the Colts were not willing for another team to pick him up. The Indianapolis Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent, according to NBC Sports. In Griffey’s family, there are a lot of ties to pro sports. His father is Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey Jr is one of the top sluggers on the all-time home-run list in baseball. He played 22 years of major league ball. He even landed a spot in Cooperstown. Trey Griffey’s grandfather, Ken Griffey Sr also played in the MLB. Griffey Sr, who is now 67-years-old was a former outfielder for the Reds.
Trey Griffey will now be putting the family name in the football world. The Colts signed the wide receiver out of Arizona to their team. He had a solid season last year. Griffey caught 23 passes for a total of 382 yards, and even scored a touchdown on two occasions.
Football is not the only pro sport that Trey has been drafted in either. He was also drafted by the Mariners in 2016 in the 24th round. That move by the Mariners was suspected to be a tribute to his dad, since he had not played baseball since high school. However, the Colts signing of Trey is no tribute.
Indianapolis may be hoping Griffey can provide their team with some offense. They were already deep in the wide out position before adding him, but that may not have an impact on whether or not he gets play. If he is gifted, he could end up playing a consistent role for the Colts.
For the Colts, it may be a smart move to add a player to their team whose family has a track record of successful career in pro sports. Last season was not the Colts best work. It is a season they likely want to move forward from.
After finishing off their 2016 campaign as the third place team of the AFC South, breaking even with a record of 8-8, the Colts want to learn from their mistakes and make 2017 a good one. The only team below them in the division last season was the 3-13 Jaguars.
Indianapolis struggled winning games in 2016. By the end of the year, it had a negative impact on their playoff hopes, there were none. The Colts watched the postseason ship sail out to sea and they were not on it. They missed the postseason and by a long-shot.
It could turn out to be a busy off-season for the Colts. The signing of Griffey could mark just one step for them. There could be more work for them to do.
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