Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Tyrone McGriff

Tyrone McGriff


  • Position: Guard
  • School: Florida A&M
  • High School: Vero Beach, FL (Vero Beach HS)
  • Years: 1976-1979
  • Inducted: 1996
  • Place of Birth: Vero Beach, FL
  • Date of Birth: Jan 13, 1958
  • Place of Death: Melbourne, FL
  • Date of Death: Dec 09, 2000
  • Jersey Number: 68
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 267

Member Biography

Tyrone McGriff was a formidable blocker in the Florida A&M line. He opened holes for one of the nation's highest scoring teams. In 1977, his sophomore year, Florida A&M went 11-0 and was named by the Pittsburgh Courier as Black College co-champion. The title was shared with Grambling and South Carolina State. In 1978, the Rattlers had a 12-1 record and the Pittsburgh Courier named Florida A&M undisputed Black College champion. There was another trophy in 1978. The NCAA began division 1-AA playoffs, and Florida A&M won the national championship in that class. The Rattlers beat Jackson State 15-10 and Massachusetts 35-28 in the 1-AA playoff games. In 1979, McGriff's senior year, Florida A&M had a 7-4 season highlighted by a 16-13 victory over the University of Miami. McGriff was named All-America, college division, 1977, 1978, 1979. As a pro, McGriff played three seasons with Pittsburgh in the NFL and three in the United States Football League. In 1986 McGriff became a college assisstant coach. He worked at Florida A&M , Tennessee State, and Bethune-Cookman. In 1994 he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as head football coach at a high school. He died December 9, 2000 at age 41, following a heart attack.