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Former Air Force Falcon football player, Garrett Griffin, makes big touchdown catch for Saints

Garrett Griffin, a former Air Force Academy football player, scores the first touchdown for the New Orleans Saints in the 2019 NFC Championship Game.

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Over the past few years, Garrett Griffin has been on and off the New Orleans Saints practice roster. In June of 2016, he was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He saw his first action in a regular season NFL game in 2017 and made one catch in the three games in which he played.

With Saints’ tight end, Benjamin Watson, inactive for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams, Josh Hill was set to take over the majority of the tight end role. And therefore Griffin was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster for the game.

Hill went out of the game early due to an injury, which allowed Griffin to see more playing time. He made use of this time quickly.

Griffin caught a five yard pass from Drew Brees, scoring the first touchdown of the game. Griffin is not the 69th different receiver to ever catch a touchdown pass from Drew Brees. By halftime, Griffin had added a second catch on the game for seven more yards.

Garrett Griffin played college football for the United States Air Force Academy from 2012 to 2015. He scored eight touchdowns with the Falcons and caught 41 catches for 678 yards in his four years.

The author, Gavin Jernigan, was a member of the Navy Football team from 2012-2016. He graduated from Annapolis in 2016 and commissioned as a Marine Corps Aviator.