Tuesday, January 24, 2012

If Your Dad's a Great Athlete, That Automatically Makes You One, Right?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

So, Arizona has apparently made a splash by getting a verbal commitment from the son of one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

To play football.

Trey Griffey, son of baseball great Ken Griffey, Jr. — and, yes, grandson of Ken Griffey Sr. — is a standout wide receiver from Florida, and plans to be part of new UA football Rich Rodriguez's first recruiting class.

The Griffeys join a growing list of 'celebrity' families whose offspring have selected Tucson for their ... continuing education. That distinguished list includes, but is not limited to, the children of:

David Hasselhoff
Reba McEntire
Lionel Richie
Charles Barkley
Robert Kardashian

Mind you, that list includes two kids known far more for their non-intercollegiate efforts (ahem, Nicole Richie and Kourtney Kardashian) than anything related to academics.

Nevertheless, the UA's acquisition of a Griffey should be considered a PR coup. Here's hoping he inherited dad's propensity for making diving catches.

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