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Missoula's Tripp drafted by Dolphins in 5th round

Published On: May 10 2014 01:37:01 PM MDT
Updated On: May 10 2014 07:28:03 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Saturday was a historic day for Missoula native and former Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp as he was selected in the 5th round as the 171st overall pick to the Miami Dolphins.

"At the time you're seeing guys go before you that you believe you're better than, but that's something you can't control," said Tripp.   "All in all I believe that I ended up in the best place that I could have ended up.  Just want to thank the Miami Dolphins organization for giving me this opportunity. I can assure them that I'm going to utilize it to the fullest potential and go out there and ball out, so I'm just super excited."

Tripp added that getting selected by the Dolphins while getting to be with his family and friends in Missoula makes for an unforgettable day.

"To spend some time with my family, my grandparents and to see the look on their faces and how excited they are... just elevating other people around you to a different level which is ultimately the goal at the end of the day."

At 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, Tripp has worked hard since his days at Missoula Big Sky high school to become an NFL caliber athlete.

Tripp is a third generation Grizzly football player following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. During his time at Montana, Tripp put together a historic linebacker career by finishing fourth all-time in tackles (335), and first in fumble recoveries (10).

The Grizzly co-defensive captain helped put his name on the map with an adventurous off-season. In January, Tripp became the second player from the University of Montana to play in the Senior Bowl, where he finished with a team-high six tackles to lead the South team defense in its 20-10 win over the North team.

Then in February, Tripp was back in the national spotlight competing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He performed very well and finished top-10 for linebackers in almost every event, including a time of 3.96 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle (tying A.J. Hawk from 2006 as the best ever mark at the NFL Combine by a linebacker).

While Tripp was the only former Griz to get drafted, several others signed free agent deal's following the draft, here is what we know so far:

Brock Coyle             Seattle Seahawks
Danny Kistler Jr.Oakland Raiders
William PoehlsTennessee Titans
Kjelby OilandHouston Texans