Miami Dolphins: What Ken Griffey Jr. told his son Trey about chasing dream

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Trey Griffey had 79 catches for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons at Arizona. (Photo by Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — There are at least nine wide receivers ahead of Trey Griffey on the Miami Dolphins depth chart.

But Griffey will try to catch some positive attention if given the opportunity in Thursday’s preseason game against the Eagles.

Since he was born, of course, Trey has been given attention because he’s the son of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.

And while he’s trying to make it as a professional in a completely different sport, he still feels fortunate to receive strong, positive messages from his father as he pursues his dream.

“Have fun,” Griffey said of his father’s message. “Have fun. There are some days where you have good days, bad days, but you can’t do anything about it. Once that day is over. Once you run that route, you have to move onto the next thing. You can’t let it bother you. I mean it will affect you on your next route or your next play. So just take it one day at a time, one play at a time. Have fun and have a short mind.”

Griffey, 23, dropped baseball as a child.

At Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, the total focus was football.

“Just football,” he said. “I have a love for football. One love. One big love. It’s football. I couldn’t see any other sport but football.”

Ken Griffey Jr. actually played football and was recruited as a running back by Oklahoma.

Trey Griffey went undrafted in April and signed with the Colts, though he was waived after three months.

“I just take it one day at a time, said Griffey, 6-feet-2, 209 pounds. “I just do my best every day. When it comes down to it, they’ll make the decision. All I can do is do my best every day.”

Griffey said he’s trying to pick up everything he can from Miami’s top receivers.

“You’ve got DeVante (Parker), you’ve got Kenny (Stills) and you’ve got Jarvis (Landry) plus the rookies and everybody,” Griffey said. “I’m trying to pick up what all the receivers are doing and add to it. I’m just learning every day. God has got a plan. Just take it one day at a time and things will happen.”

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