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Griffin named first NWFL SupHer Bowl MVP

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Sunday, July 28, 2002

When Angela Griffin first starting playing football, she used to wear her helmet around the house to get used to its weight.

Griffin carried her team on her shoulders Saturday night.

The wide receiver for the Detroit Danger caught five passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Detroit to a 48-30 victory over the Massachusetts Mutiny before 5,208 fans in the National Women's Football League's SupHer Bowl at Pine-Richland Stadium. She also was named Most Valuable Player.

“That helmet was so heavy that I had to wear it everywhere I went at home,” Griffin said. “I wore it when I was watching television or folding clothes. At first, my head would lean to the side because of the weight. But then, I got used to it, and my head didn't lean anymore.”

Griffin was able to catch a 68-yard reception for a touchdown and made another catch of 59 yards for her second score, both in the first quarter.

“Angie is an amazing athlete,” Detroit coach Joel Blankenship said. “I knew I could count on her. She is the reason we made it this far.”

Griffin caught a 50-yard pass for a touchdown with 20 seconds to go against Pensacola to lead Detroit to a semifinal victory two weeks ago. She attributes much of her success to a higher power.

“I knew that God was with me and that he was responsible for helping me help my team,” she said. “I pray everyday, and I also have faith in my teammates.”

Massachusetts scored first on a field goal, but Detroit answered with the pair of touchdowns by Griffin. Her quarterback, Kim Grodus, was 10 of 17 for 196 yards and three touchdowns.

Massachusetts quarterback Karolyn Domini completed 5 of 14 passes for 53 yards and scored a first-quarter touchdown. Detroit, which finished with 394 total yards to Massachusetts' 347, led 34-16 at the half.

Massachusetts made a run in the second half and cut the deficit to four, 34-30. But that was as close as the Mutiny would come.

“It was a game of momentum and we had our run, but you can only make a run so long,” Massachusetts coach Dick DiMare said. “But I hope people who watched this game realize that women can play football. I was proud of how my team played. They could have given up, but they didn't.”

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