DEMAREE: Ahmad Grigsby, Jr. beating the odds

Ahmad Grigsby came to UK as a junior college transfer from El Camino College of Torrance, California. Junior college is often used as a stopgap measure for immediate needs. Unless it is a Juco All-American the school is dealing with, schools would rather go with high school recruits.

Grigsby has been fighting the odds all his life. He was raised in a situation where after being born in Chicago, Illinois and the split of his father and his mother, they made their way to Long Beach, California.

His mother raised five kids without a father. Grigsby is one of five kids. He has two brothers that are play Dl college football. One brother at Arizona University is having a stellar year at running back. His other brother is playing at Temple University. "Anybody that says a single-mom can't successfully raise kids couldn‘t be so wrong," Grigsby said. "She kept us busy playing basketball, football, ping pong or what ever," the young man said.

After showing the coaching staff some promise, last spring, it was discovered he had a blood clot and a piece of it broke loose and got to this lungs. He was put on a blood thinner medication and is now okay and in the process of working his way back on the football field.

Again, it's a matter of beating the odds.

"Everything in our house was competition," Grigsby said. "Monday was spaghetti day in our house and it was a contest on who could get through the quickest, also, who could get the best grades."

He said there was a lot of bad elements on Los Angeles and his mother took the family to San Diego for three weeks to get us out of the LA inner city. "We were a close family and we were grounded spiritually, which helped our mom to remain strong in supporting the family. She always stressed the kids getting an education and I'm on track to getting my degree in May.

"Coming to UK couldn't have been a better choice for me because of the demands they make on the academic side of the contract. It is a contract with me and the university that if I do what I need to do, they will make sure I succeed."

Grigsby said it was rough growing up because it seemed like they were moving every two months and we had little money to survive.

"I played 10 plays against Norfork State and I'm getting back in the rhythm," he said. "I was on cumiden for four months and now no longer on it. This was humbling experience and it was scary for a while. I'm just glad to be back out there."

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