Texas Southern’s Derrick Griffin, who was a star on the basketball court and on the gridiron, has quit the basketball team in order to pursue his dream of playing professional football.
On Thursday, Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis confirmed Griffin will be leaving the team and will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Griffin has signed with NFL agent Bus Cook.
“It was time for me to go,” Griffin said, via Adam Coleman of The Houston Chronicle. “Too many signs. I’ve been waiting on it.”
Griffin was averaging a double-double for the Tigers this season — 11.3 points and 10.9 rebounds — and was the reigning SWAC Player of the Year.
On the football field in 2015, Griffin hauled in 36 passes for 713 yards and 11 touchdowns — all team highs. Griffin played in only two games during the 2016 season, but now he will have the opportunity to showcase his athleticism at his Pro Day.
For Griffin, all he hopes for is a shot to prove his talent at the next level.
“It doesn’t matter what team it is,” Griffin said. “I get that shot, I’m going to run with it.”