Shoulder Injury Could End Adam Griffin's Career

By Kyle Rowland on August 15, 2013 at 3:10p
Ohio State royalty.

Adam Griffin, the son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, and Jamie Wood have both suffered shoulder injuries that could be career ending. 

Griffin, a redshirt junior cornerback, likely won't be able to continue his career, Ohio State announced Thursday. There were no details on his shoulder injury, only that he underwent surgery.

Griffin played in all 12 games last season and finished with 13 tackles. He made a key special teams play against Penn State, batting down a fake punt pass attempt. He won the Iron Buckeye Award last year, given to the student-athletes who best exemplified unquestionable physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership.

Wood has dealt with chronic shoulder injuries his entire career and was attempting a comeback this fall. The fifth-year safety, already a graduate, re-injured his shoulder, though. He had 20 career tackles. 



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James F's picture

I wish these young men the best in their future endeavors.  I'm guessing this is how we are going to get some more open scholarships for this recruiting class. 

RedStorm45's picture

Do you mean this happens to open up more spots?  I'm sure the staff didn't plan on Griffin having career-ending surgery.  Wood was a senior so that doesn't open up a roster spot for next year that wouldn't have already happened via graduation.

mh277907's picture

Typical Urban bringing the SEC to the Big Ten. I bet if he was a starter he wouldn't have a career ending injury!
-Michigan Man


James F's picture

Redstorm, that's not what I meant at all.  I'm sure Urban has been aware of who has been injured or who's going to transfer and that's why we are still out there recruiting.  Wasn't implying anything else.

RedStorm45's picture

Based on what I've seen, this was a bit unexpected for Griffin.  Wood was a senior trying to come back, so that would have no bearing on opening up scholarship spots.

James F's picture

You already said that.  Let it go.  There is no hidden meaning in my original comment.

nfischer's picture

I don't think anyone would allude to taking advantage of a medical issue to open up roster spots, especially when it is the son of the greatest Buckeye football player ever.

Maestro's picture

Having dealt with my share of shoulder injuries (both personally and professionally) I can say that football is not an easy sport to return to after shoulder surgery.  Feel for both of them.

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collisionbend's picture

Life is not a very easy sport to return to after a shoulder injury, honestly. I wish them both well.

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vitaminB's picture

Trying to imagine which shoulder is the professional one.

Maestro's picture

Ha, good one.  I have had surgery on the right one, and I treat patients with the left one primarily since I am a southpaw.

vacuuming sucks

yrro's picture

That sucks for both of them. Hope they've paid good attention to their studies.

northcampus's picture

Both of these young men are incredible human beings and will definitely end up doing great things with their lives, whether that happens to be football-related or in another function of life.

doodah_man's picture

Adam is in good company with his Dad. Dad will get his focus on finishing his education. Sorry to see these tough kids go. Best of luck to both of you.

Jim "DooDah" Day

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LouGroza's picture

Yep, too bad. Shoulder injuries and surgeries that follow are the worst. Good luck to both young men.

BierStube's picture

Hate to see this happen to anyone.  Some on here might say "well ... they were not starters so they are not a big loss".  That could not be further from the truth.  Not only do they put in all the day to day work that the starters do, they provide depth at key positions and prepare the 1's and 2's for the for the upcoming game.  Their role is critical to the success of the TEAM.  As pointed out, Adam did play a very key role in the victory against Penn State last year.  I wish them the best and a speedy recovery even if they are not able to play again ... they will always be Buckeyes!

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oh_dad55's picture

It's amazing that people would think that the OSU staff would manipulate student-athletes' health and welfare for the sake of recruiting.  I'm not sure how our commitment to four-year scholarships apply to injuries, but I'm pretty confident that the coaches would not sacrifice a current players' body for a future roster spot.  They are better than that.


Alpo's picture

Just a shame. Feel bad for both these kids. Sad to see they can't end their football careers on their own terms. Wish them both the best. Speedy recoveries fellas.

mh277907's picture

Wow, that sucks for Adam. I will admit that I was one of those who did not think he deserved a scholarship after watching him play a few times in high school. I am really glad he proved me wrong. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and I am sure he will have a successful future outside of football.


brandonbauer87's picture

I feel especially bad for Adam. He has worked his ass off to make his own name. Many questioned his scholarship when he first jumped on board. I was really hoping he would get more playing time this year. 

buckeyepastor's picture

Can we honor their scholarship and see that their education is paid for even though they have to step away from the game?  Surely there's some way that Griffin can continue to receive the scholarship award.   If it has to go to someone else, would be great if it meant that some hard working walk-on gets it for their final year or so.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

hetuck's picture

They will get a medical exemption and continue to receive scholarship benefits. What you won't see at OSU is a player like Griffin receive a medical exemption and turn around and enroll at a IAA school and continue playing football. 

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vitaminB's picture

I'm guessing anyone related to Archie doesn't have to worry about paying tuition at tOSU.

ScarletGray43157's picture

I may be wrong about this, but I believe that children of OSU employees get either free or greatly reduced tuition as part of the basic benefit package.  Is Archie an OSU employee or is his position not part of the university payroll?  I'm unsure of the answer to that one either.  

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hetuck's picture

The Alumni Association is not part of the university. Adam will get scholarship benefits for this school year. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

raki's picture

Good Luck to both this gentleman in their future endeavors.

E2Brutus's picture

It's always so damn frustrating when your body fails you. The mental toughness may be there but the body is incapable. I wish both of these men the best of luck and hope their education at one of the most prestigious universities in the country will carry them well in to a new chapter of life.

Hovenaut's picture

Never saw this coming with Griffin, though I read the thread earlier regarding his surgery.

Thought this might happen with Wood, it was gutsy for him to give it another shot.

While it hurts to lose two quality kids when depth is at a premium, the upside is that they are both of high character....I'm sure they'll easily find folks rooting for them post football.

Good luck to Jamie and Adam.

German Buckeye's picture

No doubt Archie is still very proud of Adam - I know I would be if my son(s) would even be able to sniff at making the team at TOSU. 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

^ this needs more upvotes

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Man, this bums me out.  
Going out as a member of a 12-0 team from last year and winning the Iron Buckeye Award isn't too shabby though. 
Heck of a guy, Heck of a Family.  Wish him the very best.  Go Bucks!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

buckguyfan1's picture

Buckeyes for life...

captain obvious's picture

I'm confused why Griffin's would be career ending considering he has another year left.
Does anyone have anyone have any info on the severity of the injury.
He seems like he is a great kid.

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jmw's picture

You bring up a good point.  Red-shirt this year and still have eligibility left, correct? 


mh277907's picture

I am assuming this is a matter of severity of the injury not a matter of eligibility. For them to come out and say that he most likely won't play football again, I am assuming he messed up his shoulder pretty badly. Otherwise, he would get a medical red-shirt just like any other player (like Hall last year) and play next year.


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Sad stories.  I knew Jamie had been banged up before and was hoping he could really give it a go this year...didn't expect Adam Griffin to wind up in the same boat, though.  Tough breaks, but they're good guys and they'll do well in life after football.

Class of 2010.

OSUStu's picture

This is a real shame to hear about. Thank you to them both for being Buckeyes.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ATXbucknut's picture

Geez, Jamie Wood could never catch a break in college. My heart goes out to that kid.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

He's a really good dude from my experiences around him during my time at tOSU, and the same with Adam. Injuries are a bummer, especially ones this severe. Adam's pass breakup at PSU was ridiculously clutch and they both will be missed.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Buckeyejason's picture

This sucks. I Feel bad for Adam! Wish him a speedy recovery.


NoVA Buckeye's picture

Sucks that we lose two key ST players in Griffin and Wood, they will surely be missed. I still remember the story of Adam Griffin calling Tressel so he could walk on and Tressel returned a call to him offering him a scholarship.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

FitzBuck's picture

Two good kids that worked hard and are true student athletes.  Thanks for all you did and we all hope for a quick recovery.  

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redfox's picture

I hope that when they both get there degree that good things happen for both.

Doc's picture

Good luck to both of these guys. Once a Buckeye ALWAYS a Buckeye.  God's speed on recovery guys.

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otrain2416's picture

This sucks for Adam you never wish this upon anyone. The positive thing is he is getting a degree from one of the best universities in the country that can take him far after football. Wish him a speedy recovery

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Buckeyes for life. Best of luck to them in their future endeavors.

rightfield's picture

Feel bad for both. I talked with Jamie in Pickerington this summer as he was running sprints at a elementary school yard in preparation for this season.  He was very approachable and we had a nice conversation. I was pulling for him to get on the field this year.  He and Adam will do well in life. Buckeyes for life!

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droessl's picture

Reading through the comments on this thread is all the proof of why 11w is the best tOSU site around. The overwhelming majority of posts have been positive, supportive, and well reasoned. A toast to the 11w community! 

pjtobin's picture

Adam was a beast on special teams. That is very unfortunate. I wish them both the best. 

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Sad to read this bad news about them. I hope they will get their degrees from TOSU. Also, what's the depth chart look like now?

ih8rolltyde's picture


Tough breaks, best of luck in the future. Once a Buckeye....

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pcuzz1's picture

Really unfortunate and sad to hear. I hope both succeed in whatever they pursue after football

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Firedup's picture

Feel real bad for Adam as he was a nice kid. At the NCAA tournament in Dayton this year, he gave me his ticket so I could move down into the lower section for the IU game. He was extremely generous and humble about the situation. I wish him the best and hope to run into him on campus this year

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Sean N's picture

That's too bad for Jamie Wood.  It was either last year or the year before that sources said he would never play again due to his injury.  He must have put in a shit-ton of rehab to get back to where he was practicing again. Now he doesn't get the payoff.  Get well.