Per USA Today, the oldest player in college football is an active duty Army staff sergeant.
33-year old Josh Griffin, an active duty staff sergeant in the US Army who has seen combat as a part of the special forces, is playing football now for Colorado State University.
The safety is able to play for the university because of a “special Army program that lets him attend college in the US while remaining on an active duty ROTC program,” per Insider.com.
Addressing the mental aspect of getting into football at the age of 33, Griffin told USA Today, “it’s our perception, our view of life, that makes things seem harder than what it is. There’s so many gifts that we have that we reject — and if you can dream it, you can do it.”
In the video above, Griffin also speaks to the correlation between the military and college football:
“All those things that we learned in the military, I apply here,” he said. Further elaborating, he states, “you never wanna leave your teammate behind. Every time I got the thought that I would want to quit, when I felt like I just couldn’t make one more mile in this ruck march — or you’re tired, doing a twelve hour shift, or you’re doing CQD, there’s always gonna be somebody looking to you, when you’d least expect it, for guidance, for strength, and for encouragement.
His mental fortitude, physical dominance, and his combat experience make him uniquely qualified to wreak havoc on the football field. His case is unique, and his story is an inspiration.
Josh Griffin is a truly extraordinary person. Watch the video above, and hear from the man who’s pushing the boundaries of what many people think should be possible in the brutal and unforgiving sport of college football.