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Classic Tailback - Archie Griffin Ohio State Highlights
Classic Tailback - Archie Griffin Ohio State Highlights
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: PockyCandy
Buckeye Classics  Episode 204 Archie Griffin
Buckeye Classics Episode 204 Archie Griffin
Published: 2016/09/12
Channel: Buckeye Classics
Big Ten Icons #04 - Archie Griffin
Big Ten Icons #04 - Archie Griffin
Published: 2011/03/18
Channel: Big Ten Network
Archie Griffin BC4C Video HD
Archie Griffin BC4C Video HD
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: Buckeye Cruise for Cancer
Buckeye Tribute: Archie Griffin Career Highlights
Buckeye Tribute: Archie Griffin Career Highlights
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: Billy George
Archie Griffin College Gameday Picks | LIVE 11-21-15
Archie Griffin College Gameday Picks | LIVE 11-21-15
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: Sam's Secret Collection
Big Ten Icons: Archie Griffin 1
Big Ten Icons: Archie Griffin 1
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: Big Ten Network
Archie Griffin shatters idea that freshman shouldn
Archie Griffin shatters idea that freshman shouldn't play in college football | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2011/11/17
Channel: Sports Illustrated
Big Ten Icons #04 - Archie Griffin
Big Ten Icons #04 - Archie Griffin
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: Pablo Williams
1976-12-06 Cincinnati Bengals vs Oakland Raiders
1976-12-06 Cincinnati Bengals vs Oakland Raiders
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: classicsportsvids
Top 5 Bengals of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Bengals of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: NFL
Archie Griffin takes us to the neighborhood where he grew up
Archie Griffin takes us to the neighborhood where he grew up
Published: 2009/02/19
Channel: WOSU Public Media
NFUT 14 EP 1:ARCHIE GRIFFIN Heisman Collection DONE+ Upgrading MyTeam
NFUT 14 EP 1:ARCHIE GRIFFIN Heisman Collection DONE+ Upgrading MyTeam
Published: 2013/07/14
Channel: SportsGamingElite
Cincinnati Bengals - "Bengals #1" Isaac Curtis, Archie Griffin and Reggie Williams (1982)
Cincinnati Bengals - "Bengals #1" Isaac Curtis, Archie Griffin and Reggie Williams (1982)
Published: 2010/09/11
Channel: RebuiltTrannyRecords
Connor Cook rips MVP trophy from Archie Griffin & apologizes for it once he realized
Connor Cook rips MVP trophy from Archie Griffin & apologizes for it once he realized
Published: 2015/12/07
Channel: Fanatics View - Sports Videos
Sloopy and Archie Griffin Spring OSU Game 4 13 2013
Sloopy and Archie Griffin Spring OSU Game 4 13 2013
Published: 2013/04/14
Channel: mbandfan2
Connor cook disrespects OSU legend archie griffin
Connor cook disrespects OSU legend archie griffin
Published: 2015/12/06
Channel: ELPRESADOR
Archie Griffin
Archie Griffin's Heisman Thoughts
Published: 2009/12/10
Channel: CBS
Archie Griffin addresses grads
Archie Griffin addresses grads
Published: 2015/05/12
Channel: The Ohio State University
Archie Griffin Senior Highlights
Archie Griffin Senior Highlights
Published: 2010/12/24
Channel: aeboichico
A message from Archie Griffin
A message from Archie Griffin
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: The Ohio State University
Archie Griffin
Archie Griffin
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: OSU Buckeyes
Buckeye News Now: Archie Griffin set to be Spring Commencement speaker
Buckeye News Now: Archie Griffin set to be Spring Commencement speaker
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: Lantern TV
Archie Griffin Interview
Archie Griffin Interview
Published: 2008/10/28
Channel: OSU Buckeyes
100 Years of Woody Hayes - Archie Griffin Remembers
100 Years of Woody Hayes - Archie Griffin Remembers
Published: 2013/02/12
Channel: Ohio State News
Tailgate 48: Archie Griffin Interview
Tailgate 48: Archie Griffin Interview
Published: 2011/11/04
Channel: Big Ten Network
But for Ohio State - Archie
But for Ohio State - Archie's Story
Published: 2011/12/07
Channel: OSUAA
Eddie George & Archie Griffin Go Ballistic On Michigan Rivalry!!
Eddie George & Archie Griffin Go Ballistic On Michigan Rivalry!!
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: TheGcbuckeye
Archie Griffin - Heisman
Archie Griffin - Heisman
Published: 2006/11/26
Channel: gemproductions
NCAA Football 13 - Heisman Challenge - Archie Griffin - Oregon Ducks
NCAA Football 13 - Heisman Challenge - Archie Griffin - Oregon Ducks
Published: 2012/07/11
Channel: Brian "FranchisePlay" Mazique - Sports & Video Games
Archie Griffin -- Jameis Winston Could Win the Heisman TWICE ... Just Like Me | TMZ
Archie Griffin -- Jameis Winston Could Win the Heisman TWICE ... Just Like Me | TMZ
Published: 2014/01/07
Channel: TMZ
Big Ten Icons: Archie Griffin 4
Big Ten Icons: Archie Griffin 4
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: Big Ten Network
Michigan St. QB Connor Cook Straight Up Disrespects Archie Griffin, Snatches Trophy Out Of His Hand
Michigan St. QB Connor Cook Straight Up Disrespects Archie Griffin, Snatches Trophy Out Of His Hand
Published: 2015/12/06
Channel: Brandon Hubschman
Buckeyes for Life: Archie and Adam Griffin
Buckeyes for Life: Archie and Adam Griffin
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: The Ohio State University
Archie Griffin on Woody Hayes
Archie Griffin on Woody Hayes
Published: 2011/10/03
Channel: SpazTheNetwork
Ohio State
Ohio State's Archie Griffin and President-Designate Michael Drake: A conversation
Published: 2014/02/02
Channel: The Ohio State University
Archie Griffin likes Jameis Winston
Archie Griffin likes Jameis Winston's Heisman chances
Published: 2013/12/12
Channel: FOX Sports
Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin Gives His Thoughts On This Year
Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin Gives His Thoughts On This Year's Heisman Race
Published: 2012/12/10
Channel: The Weather Channel
NCAA Football 14 Ultimate Team - Episode 5 - Archie Griffin Heisman Collection DONE
NCAA Football 14 Ultimate Team - Episode 5 - Archie Griffin Heisman Collection DONE
Published: 2013/07/10
Channel: RejectedGamingII
Join Archie Griffin and Shelley Meyer on Team Buckeye
Join Archie Griffin and Shelley Meyer on Team Buckeye
Published: 2012/06/20
Channel: OSUAA
UPS Archie Griffin v2
UPS Archie Griffin v2
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: Patricia Simmermon
Tailgate 48: Archie Griffin
Tailgate 48: Archie Griffin
Published: 2011/10/14
Channel: Big Ten Network
Archie Griffin signs autograph for The SI KING 12-10-13
Archie Griffin signs autograph for The SI KING 12-10-13
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: SI KING
Connor Cook Disrespects Archie Griffin
Connor Cook Disrespects Archie Griffin
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: MartyMcFly1985
Connor Cook apology to Archie Griffin
Connor Cook apology to Archie Griffin
Published: 2015/12/06
Channel: Anndrea Denhof
Archie Griffin Nissan Commercial 2 Columbus Ohio, Ohio State Buckeyes Heisman Trophy
Archie Griffin Nissan Commercial 2 Columbus Ohio, Ohio State Buckeyes Heisman Trophy
Published: 2012/05/26
Channel: balldlocks
Beat Hunger Bowl Challenge with Archie Griffin
Beat Hunger Bowl Challenge with Archie Griffin
Published: 2008/12/16
Channel: OSUAA
Archie Griffin signs autographs for The SI KING  12-13-15
Archie Griffin signs autographs for The SI KING 12-13-15
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: SI KING
Archie Griffin on Colt Brennan
Archie Griffin on Colt Brennan
Published: 2007/12/06
Channel: UHBows
Archie Griffin
Archie Griffin's Academic and Athletic Accomplishments at Ohio State Recognized
Published: 2011/03/24
Channel: WOSU Public Media
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Archie Griffin
refer to caption
Griffin in 2007
No. 45
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1954-08-21) August 21, 1954 (age 63)
Columbus, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbus (OH) Eastmoor
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 2,808
Yards per carry: 4.1
Rushing touchdowns: 7
Player stats at NFL.com

Archie Mason Griffin (born August 21, 1954) is a former American football running back. Griffin played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner. Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the Ohio State Buckeyes and was the first player ever to start in four Rose Bowls.

High school career[edit]

Griffin rushed for 1,787 yards and scored over 170 points in 11 games, including 29 touchdowns, as a senior fullback at Eastmoor High School (now Eastmoor Academy) in Columbus, Ohio. That year, he led Eastmoor to the Columbus City League championship, rushing for 267 yards on 31 carries in the title game against Linden-McKinley High School. In his junior year, Griffin also rushed for over 1,000 yards.[1]

In 1996 Griffin was inducted into the high school hall of fame. Eastmoor Academy renamed their playing field "Archie Griffin Field" in his honor.[2]

College career[edit]

Griffin played for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1972-75. His freshman year was the first year freshmen could play on the varsity team, so when he won a starting position, many sophomores were disappointed because Griffin took their spot. Former Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes said of Griffin, "He's a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen."[3]

In 1972, Griffin was a T-formation halfback, and from 1973 through 1975, he was the team's I-formation tailback. He led the Buckeyes in rushing as a freshman with 867 yards, but his numbers exploded the following year with the team's conversion to the I-formation. He rushed for 1,428 yards in the regular season as a sophomore, 1,620 as a junior, 1,357 as a senior. Griffin is the only back to lead the Big Ten Conference in rushing for three straight years. Overall, Griffin rushed for 5,589 yards on 924 carries in his four seasons with the Buckeyes (1972–1975), then an NCAA record. He had 6,559 all-purpose yards and scored 26 touchdowns. In their four seasons with Griffin as their starting running back, the Buckeyes posted a record of 40-5-1.[4] Griffin is one of only two players in collegiate football history to start four Rose Bowl games, the other being Brian Cushing.

Griffin introduced himself to OSU fans as a freshman by setting a school single-game rushing record of 239 yards in the second game of the 1972 season, against North Carolina, breaking a team record that had stood for 27 seasons. His only carry in his first game had resulted in a fumble. He broke his own record as a sophomore with 246 rushing yards in a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Over his four-year collegiate career, Griffin rushed for at least 100 yards in 34 games, including an NCAA record 31 consecutive games.

Career rushing statistics[edit]

Year Att Yds Avg TD
1972 159 867 5.5 3
1973 247 1,577 6.4 7
1974 256 1,695 6.6 12
1975 262 1,450 5.5 4
Career[5] 924 5,589 6.0 26

Honors[edit]

Griffin finished fifth in the Heisman vote in his sophomore year and won the award as a junior and senior. He has been the only NCAA football player to date to win the award twice, a feat that will be difficult for current players to match.[6] In addition to his two Heisman Trophies, Griffin won many other college awards. He is one of four players to win the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, the Big 10's Most Valuable Player Award, twice (1973–1974).[7] United Press International named him Player of the Year twice (1974–1975), the Walter Camp Foundation named him top player twice (1974–1975), he won the Maxwell Award (1975), and Sporting News named him Man of the Year (1975). Griffin is also one of two players in NCAA history to start in four Rose Bowl games in a single career.

The College Football Hall of Fame enshrined Griffin in 1986. Ohio State enshrined him in their own Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1981 and officially retired his number, 45, in 1999. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2007, he was ranked No. 21 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list. On January 1, 2014, Griffin was named the All-Century Player of the Rose Bowl Game during the celebration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game and participated in the Rose Parade.

Professional football career[edit]

In the 1976 NFL Draft, he was the first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, selected as the 24th overall pick in the draft. Griffin played 7 seasons in the NFL, all with the Bengals (1976–1982). He was joined in the backfield with his college fullback teammate Pete Johnson, who was drafted by the Bengals in 1977, and his brother, Ohio State defensive back Ray Griffin, who was drafted by the team in 1978. During his 7 NFL seasons, he rushed for 2808 yards and 7 touchdowns, and caught 192 passes for 1607 yards and 6 touchdowns. Griffin played in Super Bowl XVI with the Bengals after the 1981 season. However, Griffin struggled throughout his professional career, rushing for 100 yards or more in only three games and failing to record a 700-yard season.[8]

After his career with the Bengals ended, Griffin played briefly with the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football League.

Career after football[edit]

Griffin is the former President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. He is also the current spokesman for the Wendy's High School Heisman award program. Formerly, he served as Assistant Athletic Director for The Ohio State University and still speaks to the football team before every game.

Griffin also serves on the Board of Directors for Motorists Insurance which has offices in downtown Columbus and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, based in Irving, Texas.

Along with former NBA basketball star Magic Johnson, Griffin was one of the investors in Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC which owned the Dayton Dragons, a class single-A minor league baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, prior to the sale of the team in 2014 to Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC.[9][10][11]

Family[edit]

Griffin is a son of Margaret and James Griffin. He has six brothers and a sister. His brothers are named Jimmy, Larry, Daryle, Duncan, Raymond (former NFL cornerback who for a time was a teammate with the Bengals), and Keith who also played in the NFL. His sister is named Crystal. Griffin is married to Bonita and has three sons, Anthony, Andre and Adam.

Griffin's son Andre is currently[when?] entering his second year as the head coach at Lima Senior High School. Griffin's son Adam played as a defensive back for the Ohio State football team for three seasons until a shoulder injury ended his football career.[12] Griffin has three grandsons, Kamron, Diante, and Adrien.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National High School Hall of Fame: Archie Griffin". Archived from the original on September 6, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Legends of HS Football: Archie Griffin". Archived from the original on March 20, 2006. 
  3. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (16 May 2001). "Griffin singing praise for Buckeyes' Tressel". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Archie Griffin: Associate Athletic Director". CSTV.com. Archived from the original on August 14, 2006. 
  5. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/archie-griffin-1.html
  6. ^ Maise, Ivan (10 December 2014). "Archie Griffin still Heisman standard". ESPN.com. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Past Silver Football winners". Chicago Tribune. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Countdown to the 2013 NFL Draft". National Football League. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Single-A team celebrates 815th sellout". ESPN. ESPN.com. 
  10. ^ "Report: Deal to sell Dayton Dragons reached". daytondailynews.com. 
  11. ^ "Palisades Arcadia to acquire Dayton Dragons". milb.com. 
  12. ^ "OhioStateBuckeyes.com Buckeye Biography - #11 Adam Griffin". 

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