Richmond tall forward Ben Griffiths has announced his shock retirement from AFL football.
Drafted to Richmond in the 2009 AFL National Draft with pick No. 19 and contracted to the Tigers until the end of 2018, Griffiths has accepted a four-year scholarship at the University of Southern California, where he will pursue a career as an American football punter.
He made his AFL debut in Round 10 of the 2010 season and went on to play 63 senior matches for the Tigers but was not in the triumphant 2017 grand final winning squad.
“Firstly, I’d like to thank Richmond’s players, coaches and staff for their support over the past eight years,” Griffiths, 26, said.
“This was a difficult decision to make, but ultimately the opportunity was too good to refuse.
“It certainly wasn’t something I had been contemplating and only arose two weeks ago.
“It was tough telling my teammates and coaches this morning but they understand and support my decision.
“I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity to play AFL football and it was an honour to represent the Richmond Football Club.”
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