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Kenny Wiggins Making A Splash On and Off the Field
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2015 has been a standout year for Kenny Wiggins.
In addition to starting games for the first time in his career, Wiggins has tackled another project off the gridiron.
While he sports the lightning bolt on the field, off the field, the offensive lineman wears hats and shirts adorned with a singular G.
The G, for Gafton, is Wiggins’ clothing line he started with Andrew Gardner, his best friend from high school.
“We talked about it for a long time ever since we were little, having something like a clothing line,” Wiggins said. “It was fun thing. Last year, I was out of football (for some time) and I was thinking about what I could do in the meantime just for fun. So we talked about it and said let’s just do it. It was spur of the moment.”
While the line is special to Wiggins, the brand name literally hits close to home.
“Gafton is the house (Gardner) grew up in, where we hung out and partied at and stuff through high school and everything. It meant good memories. His parents don’t live there anymore, but we always talk about how much fun we had there and it’s like a constant reminder of a better time with no worries.”
Running a clothing line can be a daunting task but Wiggins is happy to have Gardner as a business partner. The two work for opposite ends of the company with Wiggins using his day job to attract attention to the brand.
“Andrew is the one who’s the developer and mastermind behind everything. I’m the face to get it out there to everybody and get it on people. I’ve been trying to hook up my friends in the NFL to wear it.”
Full of tees, tanks, crewneck sweatshirts and hats, Gafton is reflective of Wiggins’ and Gardner’s own personal style. While the brand has been up and running for just over five months, Wiggins is proud to share it with Chargers fans.
“We’re classy, simple and not too flashy. It’s stuff you can dress up or dress down and stuff you can wear everyday.”
On the field, Wiggins has started games for the first time in his NFL career. A former practice squad member who has bounced around between the squad and active roster, Wiggins has made a name for himself stepping in for some of the Bolts’ starting linemen and not missing a beat.
“Kenny’s been around and I was a big fan of Kenny even this training camp,” Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich mentioned. “I just think he’s a good football player. He’s really helped us out a lot. He’s got feet, he’s got size (and) he’s smart. I realize he was struggling to make the team and I don’t know how that all works, but I just know it’s really a testament to him for his fortitude and just sticking to it. Even he said he was out and we call him back and he’s ready to go.”