Ken Griffey Jr. played in 13 Major League Baseball All-Star Games during his career, and now he will get the opportunity to watch his son Trey play in his first all-star football game.
was officially named as a participant to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at a ceremony held at Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
on Wednesday. Griffey will play for the East team in the game, which will be played Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
"I didn't play (football) my senior year and by the time all-star games came around in baseball I was already drafted and gone," Griffey Jr. told the Orlando Sentinel. "I'm happy, No. 1 for him, but I'm also happy for the school of Dr. Phillips and them and the coaches have the confidence that he could go out there and make plays."
Griffey has been a record-breaking receiver for Dr. Phillips. He has caught 72 passes for 970 yards and 11 touchdowns this year while setting records for receptions in a game (13), receiving yards in a game (188) as well as receptions in a season and yards in a season.
Griffey set the record for receptions in a 56-42 win over Freedom, breaking the previous record of nine catches by current Florida State receiver Kenny Shaw. His mark of 188 yards broke the record set by Dee Hart, who is currently attending Alabama.
Dr. Phillips' season came to an end last week with a 49-13 loss to Plant (Tampa). The Panthers ended the year with a 10-2 mark.