Although canonized in Columbus, Ohio, for his record-breaking efforts on the football field, Archie Griffin was equally known behind the scenes as a spiritual leader and devoted FCA proponent. He was actively involved in his campus Huddle at Ohio State University and frequently shared his testimony throughout the state and beyond as his platform expanded across the country.
After a hall of fame career at Eastmoor High School, Griffin stayed close to home and became one of the greatest running backs to play college football. Under the leadership of legendary head coach Woody Hayes, he starred for the Buckeyes from 1972 to 1975 and led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Conference championships and four Rose Bowl appearances, where he became the first four-year starter.
Griffin most famously became the first and only athlete to win the Heisman Trophy two times (1974 and 1975). Prior to that, he set the school rushing records with 239 yards against North Carolina as a freshman, and then broke his own record with 246 yards as a sophomore against Iowa. Throughout his career, Griffin rushed for at least 100 yards 34 times including an NCAA record 31 consecutive games. He finished with 5,589 rushing yards, 6,559 all-purpose yards, and 26 touchdowns.
Griffin competed in the NFL for seven years with the Cincinnati Bengals and appeared in Super Bowl XVI. In 1986, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in 2014, he was named the Rose Bowl’s All-Century Player.