A former walk-on who is now in position to compete for a starting spot in 2007, Peter is a two-time letterwinner who has seen his playing time increase each season on The Farm ... He played strong safety his first three seasons, then was moved to inside linebacker last year ... This season, he has a chance to earn a starting spot at outside linebacker ... Will also fill a key role on all special teams ... Fifth-year senior.
The 2007 Season:Game-By-Game Statistics
Season Game Highs: Total Tackles - 4, twice • Solo - 3 vs. UCLA (9/1) • Ast - 2, vs. Oregon (9/22) • TFL - 1 (-4 yards) vs. Arizona State (9/30) • Sacks - 1, vs. Arizona State.
The 2006 Season: Moved to inside linebacker for the 2006 campaign ... Played in 10 games, starting one, and earned his second straight varsity letter ... Key player on Stanford's special teams ... Started game #10 at Washington (11/11/06) at inside linebacker ... Recorded three total tackles during the year.
The 2005 Season: Earned his first varsity letter as a backup strong safety and special teams player ... Accounted for eight total tackles.
The 2004 Season: A reserve strong safety ... Did not see any game action.
The 2003 Season: Did not play as a true freshman strong safety.
In High School: One of the top scholar-athletes from Central High School in Tennessee ... Played multiple positions throughout his career, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback, free safety, kick returner and punt returner ... Named one of the area's top "athletes" by The Commercial Appeal ... Saw limited action as a senior due to injury ... As a running back, he gained 460 yards on 63 carries, including four touchdowns ... Defensively, he led the team in tackles with 68 and had 10 pass break ups ... Named Defensive MVP ... All Shelby-Metro and All-Region honors ... Played in inaugural AXA Liberty Bowl High School All-Star game ... As a junior, he played option quarterback and accounted for 759 yards, including seven touchdowns ... Led the team in tackles and pass break ups ... Named MVP and earned All-Shelby-Metro and All-Region honors ... All-Region cornerback as a sophomore ... Three-year letterwinner in track and field as a decathlete ... Also competed in the state meet in the 4x800m and 4x400m relays ... Named Who's Who Among American High School Students ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.
Personal Information: Political Science major ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Getting to Know Peter Griffin
Nicknames: Griff, Hammer, Kandyman
I would describe myself as a person as: Dedicated
What people don't know about me is: I'm afraid of raccoons, especially the bear-sized ones at Stanford
The reason I love football is: It pushes me to my physical and mental limits
My favorite pre-game ritual is: Listening to crunk music and praying
My favorite stadium in which to play is: The Los Angeles Coliseum
The reason I chose Stanford University is: It offers the best combination of academics and athletics
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: That I have a lot more to learn
The best thing about Stanford is: The resources
My favorite class at Stanford is: Sleep and Dreams
My least favorite class at Stanford is: IHUM
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs: The players here are students first, yet they can compete athletically with anyone in the nation
The sports team I followed when I was younger: San Francisco 49ers
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: Deion Sanders
The athlete I admire most is: Michael Jordan
The person I admire most is: My mom
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: Jesus
The three people in history I admire most are: Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali
Best book I have read: The Da Vinci Code
Favorite Food: My grandma's spaghetti, dad's barbecue and mom's pecan pie
Least Favorite Food: Okra
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Hot Pockets
Favorite Movies: Coming to America and The Five Heartbeats
Favorite TV Show: Jeopardy
Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite Actress: Angela Bassett
If a movie were made of my life, the actor who would play me is: I guess Sean Patrick Thomas since people tell me that I look like him, but I disagree
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: It's the last play at the Rose Bowl ... I come on a blitz, run over the blocking back and sack the quarterback ... he fumbles the ball; I recover it and score the game winning touchdown
If I were not playing college football, I would be: A person with a lot of free time
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: One of the hardest hitters in Stanford history
The best advice I ever received was: You can do anything you set your mind to
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: My mother
One moment in history I wish I could have seen: The "I Have a Dream" speech
The place I'd most like to visit: Jamaica
The favorite place I've visited: Hawai'i
Hobbies: Watching TV, socializing and fraternity life
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: Rich and successful
My advice to youngsters: Put your all into everything you do and your dreams will come true
If I won $1 million, I would: I'll show you in a couple of years
The one thing about college football I would change: Football players would get paid
Last Updated: October 3, 2007