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Encyclopedia > Archie Griffin
Archie Griffin
Date of birth August 21, 1954 (age 52)
Place of birth Flag of United States Columbus, Ohio
Position(s) Running Back
College Ohio State
NFL Draft 1976 / Round 1/ Pick 24
Career Highlights
Awards 1974 Heisman Trophy
1975 Heisman Trophy
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1976-82
1983
Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Bulls (USFL)
College Hall of Fame

Archie Mason Griffin (born August 21, 1954) is a former American football running back remembered in sports as college football's only two-time Heisman trophy winner. Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the the Ohio State University Buckeyes and is the only player ever to start in four Rose Bowls. August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: The Arch City The Discovery City Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area    - City  212. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... // Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 125) TAM Michael Kelson West Texas State 126) SEA Don Dufek Michigan 127) NOR Scott Parrish Utah State 128) LAM Carl Ekern San Jose State 129) NYJ Steve King Michigan 130) CLE Henry Sheppard Southern Methodist 131) SDG Woodrow Lowe... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... The Jacksonville Bulls were a team which competed in the final two seasons of the United States Football League, 1984 and 1985. ... August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... “Big Ten” redirects here. ... Head Coach Jim Tressel 6th Year, 62-14 Home Stadium Ohio Stadium Capacity 101,568 - Grass Conference Big Ten First Year 1889 Athletic Director Gene Smith Website OhioStateBuckeyes. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ...

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High school career

Griffin rushed for 1,737 yards and scored 170 points in 10 games, including 29 touchdowns, as a senior running back 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 had also rushed for over 1000 yards.[1] Nickname: The Arch City The Discovery City Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area    - City  212. ... Linden McKinley High School is located in Columbus, Ohio and is part of the Columbus Public School District. ...


Honors

In 1996 Griffin was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Eastmoor Academy renamed their playing field "Archie Griffin Field" in his honor.[2]


College career

Griffin played for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1972-75. Among Ohio State University college football fans, Griffin holds a status akin to a living folk hero. 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] The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams/players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports (except in football, where they are located in Division I-A Football Bowl Subdivision) and the Big Ten Conference in... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... A folk hero is type of hero, real or possibly mythological. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes (February 14, 1913 – March 12, 1987) was a college football coach who is best remembered for his 28-year tenure at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, from 1951-1978. ...


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 the only player in collegiate football history to start four Rose Bowl games. A common T formation In American football, a T formation is a formation used by the offensive team in which three running backs line up in a row about five yards behind the quarterback, forming the shape of a T. Numerous variations of the T formation have been developed, including... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... The I formation places two backs vertically behind the quarterback. ... Tailback is an offensive backfield position in the sport of American football. ... “Big Ten” redirects here. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ...


Griffin introduced himself to Ohio State fans in his second game 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. Ironically, 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. The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... This refers to the athletic teams for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The name Tar Heel is also often used to refer to individuals from the state of North Carolina, the Tar Heel State. ... The Iowa Hawkeyes is the team name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of Iowa. ...


Career Rushing Statistics

Year Att Yds Avg
1972 159 867 5.5
1973 247 1,577 6.4
1974 256 1,695 6.6
1975 262 1,450 5.5

Honors

Griffin finished fifth in the Heisman vote in his sophomore year and won the award as a junior and senior. In addition to his two Heisman Trophies, Griffin won many other College Awards. He is one of two players to win The Big 10 Most Valuable Player Award twice (1973-1974). 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). Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Look up junior in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up senior in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Walter Camp Award, named in honor of the father of football, is given annually to the College football Player of the Year, as selected by Division 1A coaches and Sports Information directors. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ...


The College Football Hall of Fame enshrined Griffin in 1986. Ohio State enshrined him 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. The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... The Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame is the athletic hall of fame for the Ohio State University. ...


Professional football career

In the 1976 NFL Draft, he was the first-round choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he played seven seasons (1976-1982). During that time, he rushed for 2,808 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He also caught 192 passes for 1,607 yards, returned 22 kickoffs for 461 yards, and scored 13 touchdowns (7 rushing, 6 receiving). Griffin played in Super Bowl XVI with the Bengals after the 1981 season. // Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 125) TAM Michael Kelson West Texas State 126) SEA Don Dufek Michigan 127) NOR Scott Parrish Utah State 128) LAM Carl Ekern San Jose State 129) NYJ Steve King Michigan 130) CLE Henry Sheppard Southern Methodist 131) SDG Woodrow Lowe... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Date January 24, 1982 Stadium Pontiac Silverdome City Pontiac, Michigan MVP Joe Montana, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 1 National anthem Diana Ross Coin toss Bobby Layne Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show Up with People presents Salute to the 1960s and Motown Attendance 81,270 TV in the United States Network...


After his career with the Bengals ended, Griffin played briefly with the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football League. The Jacksonville Bulls were a team which competed in the final two seasons of the United States Football League, 1984 and 1985. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ...


Career after football

Griffin is currently the President 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. Griffin is a favorite interview for broadcasters during slow moments in football coverage due to his generosity with his time and his humble and friendly demeanor. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Trivia

  • Footage of one of Griffin's touchdown runs during his college career is featured in a highlight reel on the main menu of the video game NCAA Football 06.

- NCAA Football 06, known colloquially as College Football 2006, or NC-Double A 2K6 is a collegiate American football video game which was released on July 11, 2005. ...

Notes

  1. ^ National High School Hall of Fame: Archie Griffin
  2. ^ Legends of HS Football: Archie Griffin
  3. ^ Griffin singing praise for Buckeyes' Tressel
  4. ^ Archie Griffin:Associate Athletic Director

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Preceded by
John Cappelletti
Heisman Trophy Winner
1974 & 1975
Succeeded by
Tony Dorsett
Preceded by
Steve Joachim
Maxwell Award Winner
1975
Succeeded by
Tony Dorsett
Preceded by
Otis Armstrong
Big Ten Football MVP
1973 & 1974
Succeeded by
Cornelius Greene
Preceded by
George Hasenohrl
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP
1973 & 1974
Succeeded by
Cornelius Greene
Preceded by
John R. Baiorunos
Pat Haden
Randy L. Hall
Jarrett T. Hubbard
Tony Waldrop
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1976
Marvin L. Cobb
Archie Griffin
Bruce A. Hamming
P. Timothy Moore
John M. Sciarra
Succeeded by
Jeff Dankworth
Randolph H. Dean
Steve Furniss
John Hencken
Gerald G. Huesken
Preceded by
Dianne Baker
Junior Bridgeman
Pat Haden
Lisa Rosenblum
John Dickson Stufflebeem
John Trembley
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2001
Alpha V. Alexander
Archie Griffin
Steve Largent
Steve Raible
Lee Roy Selmon
Wally Walker
Succeeded by
Richard C. Chapman
Maurice "Bo" Ellis
Herman Frazier
Betsy King
John Naber
Rodney E. Slater
Preceded by
2 HB formation prior to 1973
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks

1973-1975
Succeeded by
Jeff Logan

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Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the Ohio State University Buckeyes and to this day is the only player ever to start in four Rose Bowls.
Griffin introduced himself to Ohio State fans by setting a school single-game rushing record of 239 yards in the second game of the 1972 season, against the University of North Carolina.
Griffin is a favorite interview for broadcasters during slow moments in football coverage due to his generosity with his time and his humble and friendly demeanor.
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