An admitted “sports nut,” Al Griffin has always had a high interest in athletics growing up in Neville, but he had a particular passion for basketball.
“When I was a little ol’ boy I used to lay in the bed at night and turn that AM radio on and listen to KMOX in St. Louis and listen to the St. Louis Hawks,” Griffin said. “I would watch the Boston Celtics on television when they had Bill Russell, Sam Jones and K.C. Jones. I just loved basketball.”