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Archie Griffin

Running Back

Archie Mason Griffin

Inducted 1986

Date of Birth



Columbus, OH


Ohio State University (1972-1975)


Archie Griffin was a first-team All-America three times, Ohio State captain two years. He is the first player to start in four Rose Bowls, the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice (1974-1975). He is one of a handful of players to win the Big Ten Most Valuable Player Award twice (1973-1974). Archie rushed for 1428 yards in the regular season as a sophomore, 1620 as a junior, 1357 as a senior. 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 (1975), and Sporting News named him Man of the Year (1975). Against North Carolina as a freshman, he gained 239 yards, setting a one-game school rushing record. He topped this with 246 yards against Iowa in 1973. He set an NCAA rushing record of 31 consecutive 100-yard games rushing. His career rushing total, 5177 yards, was an NCAA record at the time. Griffin stood 5-9 and weighed 182. His coach Woody Hayes, said, "He is the greatest back I've ever seen. We value Archie's attitude more than his football ability. He is a great blocker, a great open-field runner, one of those rare backs who can run over you or run around you." Griffin played with the Cincinnati Bengals 1976-1983, returned to Ohio State as Associate Athletic Director and then Alumni Director.


Height 5'9

Weight 182

Career Highlights

  • 1975 All-Conference
  • 1975 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1975 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 1975 Unanimous All-America
  • 1974 All-Conference
  • 1974 Conference MVP
  • 1974 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1974 Unanimous All-America
  • 1973 All-Conference
  • 1973 Conference MVP
  • 1973 First Team All-America
  • 1973 Heisman - Fifth
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