Griffin Brothers: Lakewood HS Alumni
When it comes to reflecting back on the good ol' high school days, I think there are two groups of folks (you can tell what my stance is based on the use of ‘good ol'’). There is the group that looks back and says, “Man, I miss high school. Those days were so much fun.” On the other side of the spectrum, there’s the group that thinks back and says, “Wow, those were four years of my life I would never want to relive.” For Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, they must both have very fond memories of their time at Lakewood High School after dropping in for a surprise visit on Wednesday.
The Griffins spent the day meandering their old stomping ground talking with students, taking photos, and giving advice left and right. “Just to get the love when you come back, that is something you always wish for,” said Shaquill in an article published by the school newspaper. A few students and teachers were interviewed throughout the day and asked what it meant to them to have the two Spartan alumni return home. Tech teacher Anthony Snead said, “It’s an honor to have them come back, especially because so many people leave and never return. Those guys always promised that if they made it, they would try to take care of us.”
The twins graduated in 2012 from the Florida high school and were very involved in school from playing football to running track to academics. “We put a lot of work to be where we are,” said Shaquem. “We did everything we could, we worked as hard as possible and the cards play itself.”
The Griffins serve as an inspiration to many, including the students of Lakewood High School, but it doesn’t stop there. They left the students with a message to all aspiring athletes as they made their way to training, “Never worry about some else’s opinion,” said Shaquill. And Shaquem then added to “be humble and always, always give back.”
Source: Seattle Seahawks | Jon Ryder