His grandfather played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, won two World Series, and was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
His father played 22 seasons in the MLB, was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Trey Griffey grew up in Orlando playing many sports – baseball included – but it was football that eventually won his heart.
“My dad wanted me to play when I was 7,” he says. “Then once I got to 9 years old, I loved it. And I just continued to play. I just love everything about it as far as the contact, the way you have to be physical, you can use everything from every sport, basically.”
Griffey says his dad never pushed him towards baseball.
“I just knew I loved football. My dad knew I loved football. So, we took the football route. As long as I’m having fun, he knows I enjoy it and I love it, he’s happy with it.”
A 6-foot-3 wide receiver, he played college football at Arizona where he had 23 receptions for 382 yards and two touchdowns his senior year.
The Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent and on Friday, he reported to Indianapolis for rookie mini camp.
“The Colts called me and I’m blessed as far as getting the call,” he says. “Indianapolis is a great place to be. The Colts are a first class organization.”
Growing up in the clubhouse taught Griffey how to be an athlete, he says. Mostly, that he lives by a different set of rules.
“You can’t be out there doing things that other people do on social media and different things. You have to carry yourself a special way and just be an athlete.”
And he learned what it takes to be a professional watching his dad.
“He was dedicated to his sport in everything that he did. He went out there 100 percent and did what he had to do.”
The advice his dad gave him?
“Just have fun. Don’t overthink it. Do what you have to do. Know it’s going to be tough, but once you get it down, it becomes simple.”
A huge fan of his dad’s, Griffey says his dad has always been a huge fan of his.
“Everybody in my family, my brother and my sister, he loves what we do and he’s always going to support us.”
And he says it’s not the name on the back of his jersey he’s worried about.
“I just don’t think about it. I let other people think about it. I just go out there and do what I have to do.”
Could Trey Griffey be a home run for the Colts?
Coach Chuck Pagano thinks so.
“Obviously, he’s got great bloodlines. He’s a big guy,” he says. “When you have size like that, it’s all about matchups. When you get big guys like that, they’re always open. They may be covered, but they’re always open.”
He may have come from a baseball family, but Trey Griffey is following his football dream.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to make the team.