Posted: 8:40 pm Friday, September 25th, 2009

Pahokee retires Norman Griffith’s No. 7 jersey 

By Post Staff

Norman 'Pooh' Griffith's No. 7 was painted on Pahokee's home field in advance of tonight's game. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

Norman 'Pooh' Griffith's No. 7 was painted on Pahokee's home field in advance of tonight's game. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

By Joe Koch, Special to the Palm Beach Post

PAHOKEE — The No. 7 jersey of former Pahokee High School football player Norman ‘Pooh’ Griffith was retired Friday night in a moving pre-game ceremony at Anquan Boldin Stadium.

No other player player will ever wear No. 7 at Pahokee High, coach Blaze Thompson said.

“It means a lot to me,” said Norman’s mother, Jackie Griffith. “Everything is going through my mind right now. I’m happy and excited about everything. I feel joy.”

Members of Griffith’s family, former and current players and fans paused before Pahokee’s football game against Cardinal Newman to honor Griffith, who was slain a year ago Sunday in Belle Glade.

The ceremony included the launching of 50 red, white and blue balloons and a special balloon that was shaped in a seven for Norman, who played fullback and linebacker for the Blue Devils.

Jackie Griffith received seven long red roses wrapped in a blue bow. Norman Griffith’s helmet and a framed No. 7 jersey were presented to the family, which included Norman
Griffith Sr., and many others. A No. 7 was painted on the 50 yard line.

Jackie Griffith said the support she has received the past year has kept her going.

“My (love of God) and the support of my family and many other people has helped,” she said. “People in Iraq have supported me and it was exciting that I have received the support all over the world.”

A sign, made by cheerleaders, on the fence at Anquan Boldin Stadium. (Taylor Jones/ The Post)

A sign, made by cheerleaders, on the fence at Anquan Boldin Stadium. (Taylor Jones/ The Post)

Jackie Griffith, Norman Griffith's mother, stands near a poster made in her son's honor. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

Jackie Griffith, Norman Griffith's mother, stands near a poster made in her son's honor. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

Pahokee's Raheam Buxton (left) escorts Jackie Griffith onto the field. She holds her son's jersey number. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

Pahokee's Raheam Buxton (left) escorts Jackie Griffith onto the field. She holds her son's jersey number. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

'Pooh' Griffith's dad, Norman Sr., and his mother Jackie stand with Buxton after the family was presented with flowers and balloons at the 50-yard line. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

'Pooh' Griffith's dad, Norman Sr., and his mother Jackie stand with Buxton after the family was presented with flowers and balloons at the 50-yard line. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

Pahokee's De'Joshua Johnson (left) walks Jackie Griffith off the field. At right is family friend Clifton Green. (Taylor Jones / The Post)

Pahokee's De'Joshua Johnson (left) walks Jackie Griffith off the field. At right is family friend Clifton Green. (Taylor Jones / The Post)