Former Knee Patient Paul Griggs Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

Paul Griggs became the first player in school history to kick two field goals of 50 or more yards in the same game.Paul Griggs became the first player in school history to kick two field goals of 50 or more yards in the same game.

In November of 2011, Paul had a distal femoral osteotomy, performed by Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, where is femur was cut to correct his “bow legged malalignment” and a cartilage transplant to his right knee at the age of 17.  He had aspirations to play football at Purdue where he had maintained his full ride scholarship as a starting kicker.  Read his success below where he was chosen the Big-10 Player of the week in November, 2014!

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Junior Paul Griggs has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. The weekly honor is the first of Griggs’ career and the first for any Boilermaker this season.

The third-year kicker booted field goals of 53, 52 and 40 yards in the Boilermakers’ tilt with Wisconsin on Saturday. In doing so, he became the first player in school history to make two field goals of 50 or more yards in the same game. Including his PAT after Akeem Hunt’s 79-yard touchdown reception, Griggs accounted for 10 of Purdue’s 16 points in the game.

Griggs also kicked a 51-yard field goal against Western Michigan on Aug. 30, to make him the first kicker at Purdue to have three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season. His 53-yarder against the Badgers was a career long and tied him with his predecessor Carson Wiggs for the third longest in school history.

Osteotomy refers to a cut in the bone, but usually refers to a cut in the bone which is used to change the position or alignment of a bone. By changing the alignment of the leg, stress can be lessened in one area and increased in another. This repositioning or re-alignment tries to decrease the inflammation and pain in the joint and increase its life before a knee replacement becomes needed. A cut is made in the thigh bone just above the knee to allow the surgeon to straighten the knee. The cut is made from the outside (lateral side) of the leg. This is called a Distal Femoral Osteotomy. Once the bones are well aligned, the bone is fixed with a plate and screws.