Missouri Western State University is home to the Griffon football team, and some outstanding players. But two Griffon safeties are making news for showing their strength and courage off the field. On a hot sunny August day, grandmother Teresa Gall accidently locked her grandson in the car near the Griffon stadium. In just two minutes, the baby was becoming terribly sick from the heat. Grandma Teresa and her niece pounded on the car window with a hammer, but to no avail.
Out of pure coincidence, Griffon safeties Jack Long and Shane Simpson took a different route home from practice that day. They saw a woman pounding on a car window with a hammer, and after a double take, realized something must be wrong. It took just one swing from the mighty football players arms to break the window, and free the baby, literally saving the child’s life.