GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s been said that the game of football is a lot like life. You get knocked down a lot, but you always get back up. Friday, some in Laurel County are feeling like life has dealt them a cruel blow with the loss of coach, husband and father, Robert Griffin, Junior.
“It’s a lesser place today. The world is a lesser place,” said Jeff Reed,the principal of South Laurel Middle School, and a friend of former coach Griffin.
Griffin, 33, coached middle school football but he wasn’t a classroom teacher.
“He was a guy the kids remember. When you look at a school career, there’s certain people you remember years later. He’ll be one of those people,” said Reed.
He was an excellent coach because Reed said he truly knew how to reach kids, because he taught them to value what they learned in the classroom.
Griffin leaves behind a wife of 16 years and two twins, who will turn 13 Monday. But he proved to be much more than a coach to many on his teams.
“He was a father to his kids, but to many others he was a father figure, too,” said Reed.
His wife sent WKYT a statement saying that Griffin was “a good man, a hard working man. A man that loves life and adored his family. He lived for me and our children.”
She also said that “Rob was the most kind hearted, humble and most giving person I knew. He didn’t deserve this. He deserved life.”
The crash is being investigated by police in Scott County. Witnesses told police that Griffin was traveling south on Cherry Blossom when a SUV turned in front of him while trying to enter the Toyota plant.
Griffin worked as a contractor for Toyota.
He was wearing a helmet, but the impact of the crash killed him instantly. Police have not said if the driver of the SUV will face charges.