HOUSTON — Houston Texans rookie tight end Ryan Griffin is an NFL rarity. He’s big, but even 6-6, 256 doesn’t qualify as rare for NFL tight ends any more. It’s that, if he makes the Texans’ 53-man roster, Griffin will join San Diego Chargers defensive end Kendall Reyes as the only NFL players from New Hampshire.
Griffin’s hometown, Londonderry, has a population of 24,129. New Hampshire has only 1.3 million residents, about half of Houston’s population.
Going to Connecticut had a side benefit for Griffin, who was an outstanding basketball player in high school. He played pickup basketball games with players from the women’s team that won the national championship.
“Well, it was when the women’s team needed to run,” he said. “They weren’t organized practices, just pickup games in the gym. That was pretty cool to get to play with the best women players in college basketball. They were great players, and they were fundamentally sound. It was fun.”