Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Archie Griffin

Archie Griffin


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Ohio State
  • High School: Columbus, OH (Eastmoor HS)
  • Years: 1972-1975
  • Inducted: 1986
  • Place of Birth: Columbus, OH
  • Date of Birth: Aug 21, 1954
  • Jersey Number: 45
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 182

Member Biography

Archie Griffin was All-America three times, Ohio State captain two years. He is the only player to start in four Rose Bowls, the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice (1974- 1975). He is one of two players to win The Big 10 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.