The Massachusetts Pirates have come to terms with First Team All National Arena League defensive end JD Griggs for the 2019 season. Griggs led the Pirates last year with eight and a half sacks and five quarterback hurries. Griggs said he rejoined the Pirates because he likes the team’s family atmosphere.
“I love how the Yatim family treated my family like family last season. That showed me that they were not just interested in my football abilities, they actually were interested in my life. That was one of the key things I discussed with team President Jawad Yatim before I resigned.” He (Yatim) also said that this coming season there will be more opportunities for the players to improve and for me to become a better player,” Griggs said.
Griggs, a product of Piscataway, New Jersey, had 12 solo stops and assisted on 17 others for a total of 20.5 tackles last season. He also had nine tackles for a loss, forced a fumble and broke up eight passes. He feels if the Pirates can find their identity things should fall into place.
“Last year we established our identity too late. When we also lost our MVP, quarterback Sean Brackett at the end of the season, we had to find ourselves again. Now that we have our identity we will be very successful. To me the marquee reason of being a championship team is that everyone can play together as a unit,” he added.
The former undrafted free agent who signed with Indianapolis of the National Football League in 2013 also saw time that season with Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League. Later stops included playing with Colorado in the IFL in 2016 and Spokane in 2017 where he led the league with 11 and a half sacks.
Griggs, who played at the University of Iowa, later transferred to Nassau Community College and then finished his college career at the University of Akron, also feels there is no reason to think the Pirates won’t be successful.
“When I heard that Brackett resigned I began to think our offense could be even more successful than last year. I’m not concerned about that. He can handle the offense, I’ll handle the defense and we’ll be good.”
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