the Titans. A fast walk through Gigi's Cupcakes in Bee Cave last week revealed several sweet options.Red Velour. Midnight Magic. Strawberry Shortcake. And an individual favorite, Wedding event Cake.It's 1:45 on a hot Tuesday afternoon, and the co-owner is running a little late for our interview. He needed to run an errand up north however is on the method, he texts.About 15 minutes later on, Michael Griffin rolls up atop a 2016 BMW S1000 motorcycle with a sticker bearing his familiar jersey No. 33 on the left windshield. He
's back in his hometown after taking his household to Nashville for his retirement ceremony as a Tennessee Titan. With partner Shantel and his three kids by his side, No. 33 retired at age 33 after he signed a one-day contract with Tennessee, where he playing 141 games over nine seasons.A self-described civilian now that he's no longer playing professional football, Griffin joined previous UT and Titans teammate Brian Orakpo in partnering with fellow Texas ex Bryan Hynson to open a Gigi's franchise in February. Football wasn't going to be forever, a truth Griffin has gone over at length with Orakpo, a Titan linebacker who will begin his 10th season this fall.Griffin didn't embrace the idea of putting his body through the rigors of preparing yourself for an 11th NFL season, but stepping far from the video game was hard because of the relationships he developed at Tennessee"It's the friendship that I
miss the most," he said." It's the young boys, the teammates you had fun with. It might not be the result you wanted, however it was the memories you made together. "The two-time Pro Bowler got 25 profession interceptions and returned one 28 yards for a goal against Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger back in 2008, when he was named second-team All-Pro. Tennessee's all-time leader in deals with by a safety(912)played
13 games with the Carolina Panthers in 2016 and was getting ready for another season in March when a conversation with his then-6-year-old child got his attention. She wasn't changing extremely well to first grade at a brand-new school in Austin after investing the majority of her young life in her mommy's hometown of Nashville, where she had plenty of good friends and cousins. Even worse yet, the daddy's lady had actually seen her hero only 4 times throughout the previous football season.Just like her father, Mya Griffin is a straight shooter."Daddy, I do not desire you to play football any longer,"she said.Son Braylen, who will turn 10 Tuesday, was fine with Daddy continuing as long as it was with the Dallas Cowboys. "We want you to be near to us," he said.Mya stated exactly what Shantel-- who was then pregnant with Mikenzie-- had been thinking for some time, inning accordance with her hubby, who had actually played in 154 career video games. One of the league's most long lasting gamers played 103 successive video games between 2007 and 2013 and missed out on just 3 games in his career, one coming via suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit."You don't wish to be the factor he resents retiring, so I didn't wish to press it excessive,"Shantel said."I knew it was a choice he needed to make, so I wanted him to come to it on his own."A huge player who never ever wandered off from contact, Griffin was detected with only two concussions in his profession."Simply two formally but I did get woozy a few times, "he said.It was time. Griffin has checked out the stories and knows through 20-plus years of playing deal with football how the game takes a toll on the body with time and, in numerous cases, how that toll manifests itself in ugly fashion by middle age.He has alternatives. His connections at Texas-- he has a bachelor's degree in youth and neighborhood research studies-- will benefit him in whatever vocation he picks. He states he has an interest in training
, having gotten an internship with the Titans. I have actually been to his annual football camp for many years, and he doesn't sugarcoat it when handling players who have dreams of playing the game beyond high school.Twelve years after obstructing USC's Matt Leinart on the objective line in the BCS nationwide title video game win, Griffin, who still keeps his longtime pastime of reproducing pet dogs, made an excellent choice to leave since he's generally a pup in non-NFL years.Oh, and in case you're questioning, his twin bro, Marcus, a previous teammate at Bowie High and Texas, is working for Homeland Security.He was constantly the most intelligent twin, I stated. "So true," Mike replied.Equally essential in the retirement decision is monetary stability. Griffin has looked after his cash. He made over$42 million in income and didn't overspend like many young millionaire athletes are susceptible to do. Discussions as a young player with Titan veterans Keith Bulluck, Nick Harper and Chris Holt persuaded the 19th overall choice of the 2007 draft to secure his dollars carefully. To that end, it comes as not a surprise that the Griffins live in the same Meridian community in the very same four-bedroom house he bought a years back.
"You have to start a lifestyle and preserve that way of life," he stated.
"Seventh-round picks should not hang out with very first rounders. You don't see me wearing any jewelry. I have one pricey automobile however not a great deal of them. I've lived the very same method for years."Nowadays he rides the bike around the neighborhood and spends a lot of time playing ball at his local fitness center. Among the most significant concerns facing most previous pro football gamers is how to discover their identity once their playing days are over and, much better yet, ways to fill up a day.That's an easy response for one happy civilian."I got kids, male."UT CHAMPS IN NFL Active NFL players who were on the Longhorns'2005 championship game group: Jamaal Charles, RB( complimentary representative ): Charles is the NFL's all-time leader in yards per bring(5.4)for running backs with at least 900 career efforts. The two-time first-team All-Pro is Kansas City's career hurrying leader with 7,260 yards.Colt McCoy, QB (Washington ): After rewording the passing area of the UT record book, McCoy has actually appeared in 35 NFL video games, 25 as a starter. He has tossed 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.Roy Miller, DT (totally free representative): The 2008 Fiesta Bowl protective player of the game has actually played in 119 NFL video games and has signed up eight sacks and 170 tackles.
He appeared in 7 video games with the Chiefs last season prior to being released.Brian Orakpo, LB(Tennessee): "Rak"is a four-time Pro Bowler
. He has 64 1/2 sacks, 11 required fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 119 games.Brian Robison, DE( Minnesota
): Through 11 seasons and 289 video games with the Vikings, Robison, 35, has 60 sacks and 13 forced fumbles.