Posted: 8:40 pm Friday, September 25th, 2009
By Post Staff
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.”