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November 30, 2013

Griffin catches on with Texans

Rookie tight from Londonderry has started four games in rookie season

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Like most young college grads, he’s learning about life on his own.

“The stuff I was supposed to learn in college I guess,” Griffin joked. “Houston is a big, huge city. We’re just trying to make a home here. Other than our record (2-9), things have gone pretty well.”

GRIFFIN IN RARE COMPANY As you can imagine, the state of New Hampshire simply doesn't produce a ton of National Football League types. Griffin is the first player from one of our region's seven New Hampshire schools to actually make the NFL. Salem's Wayne Lucier, who grew up in Amesbury and played at St. John's Prep in Danvers, went on to a two-year career with the Giants. A "Google" search located a list of 24 players born in the Granite State to ever play in the NFL. Londonderry's Ryan Griffin, a rookie with the Houston Texans, understands he's on a short list. It's another huge factor that drives him. "It's something I can be proud of in the locker-room or the community," said Griffin. "I can only speak to what I've done, and that is try to make the most of my opportunities. Coming out of Londonderry High I had no (Division 1) offers before UConn. If they didn't offer, it was UNH. "We just don't get those offers. Guys have to get out more, go to camps and get some buzz about them. Then make those opportunities count. It can be done, but it's hard." DID YOU KNOW? At UConn, one of two head coaches Ryan Griffin played for was Paul Pasqualoni. Pasqualoni coached former St. John's Prep great and ex-Miami Dolphin fullback Rob Konrad, formerly of North Andover, all four years at Syracuse University.

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