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Tripp ready for NFL opportunity in Miami

By Brad Peers, KECI Sports, bpeers@keci.com
Published On: May 11 2014 05:32:38 PM MDT
Updated On: May 11 2014 06:07:25 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

It was an exciting weekend for football fans with the NFL draft concluding Saturday.  It was an even more exciting day for former Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp who received the phone call of a lifetime.

"Miami gave me the opportunity, I'm going to put my foot on the gas and go from there," said Tripp.  "They're going to be happy with their pick.  I'm going to go out there and just kind of take it as it comes, become a leader and be an asset to that organization and just put my heart out there for that team."

The Miami Dolphins selected Tripp in the fifth round of the NFL draft with the 171st pick, and while it was a relief for Tripp to hear his name called, the moment couldn't have come soon enough.

"I see it kind of going further and further and I'm like man come on now this has got to happen soon," said Tripp.  "It just seemed like it really drug on longer and longer and longer and then Miami called and it's just a blessing to have the opportunity like I said many times."

It's been a long process for Tripp to make it to this point in his career, and while emotions are running high, he's focused on the task at hand.

"Just throughout the whole process a lot of amazing things happened," said Tripp.  "I'm extremely thankful and grateful for it. It's great, but ultimately my job is to go out there and take care of business which I'm going to do, I'm very excited."

For this Missoula product the reality of making it to the pros is only the beginning, now Tripp is ready to keep proving he belongs with the leagues best.

"The city of Missoula, growing up here playing here the support that it has for it's players and the support that's going to continue to happen," said Tripp.  "I ended up with one scholarship offer and that was Montana and that's all I needed.  I get one team, one call here this is all I need. I'm excited to go down there get the playbook get in the weight room meet my new teammates and just develop a relationship with them and just allow them to know that I'm a reliable football player."