Near tragedy creates emotional moments at IU

Isaac Griffith presser (WISH Photo/ Nick Nebesny)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana receiver Isaac Griffith has shed some tears, shared some laughs and repeatedly thanked his friends for saving his life.

His parents were just as emotional Saturday as they joined two of the three people who pulled Griffiths out of a rip current off the Florida coast for a 30-minute news conference in the Hoosiers’ team room.

Mostly, it was a somber, reflective time for everyone involved.

Kim Griffith, the freshman’s mother, wiped her eyes several times. Shannon Griffith, the football coach at Division III Manchester University, stopped a couple of times to remain composed. And with two of his rescuers sitting to his side, Isaac Griffith wept briefly as he spoke publicly for the first time since that life-changing experience. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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