A Conversation with Archie Griffin

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idontsmellgood's picture

Always loved Archie.  So down to earth and friendly when i met him and got his autograph as a kid.  May there never be another 2 time Heisman trophy winner.

DannyBeane's picture

Such a humble Buckeye hero.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Thanks for the interview! Mr. Griffin has some great stories, and a very humble man. Can you imagine him at scUM, Northwestern or the Academy?

hodge's picture

What a class act.  Thanks for the brilliant interview, Kyle!

Jugdish's picture

Thank you for the great article. Archie is a the ambassador for the The Ohio State University. Archie came to our high school for a charity BB game while he was in college. He did not play but he was very gracious talking to all the people there and giving out autographed pictures. I was older than Archie but I wanted one of those pictures. I yelled, "Over your shoulder Arch." He turned and smiled and gave me a picture.

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Andy Vance's picture

Archie Griffin is the embodiment of what makes Buckeye Nation so special - his humility, despite achievements that make him almost peerless; that graciousness that makes him so approachable; that cool, classy demeanor... He is the real deal - Archie makes me even prouder to be a Buckeye.
(And btw, if you didn't read the SI piece about the '74 MSU game, go read it - the writing is a real treat, despite the frustrating subject matter.)

AGL's picture

Thanks Archie and 11W


Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Offensively, we threw up a googob of points.

God I love Archie.

Johnny Ginter's picture

literally the first thing i noticed. he's the best

Michael Citro's picture

I'm 46 and still have my boyhood man crush on Archie.

Hovenaut's picture

My Dad and surviving uncles talk to this day about any one of the '73, '74 or '75 teams could...should have been National Champs.

"He's a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen" - W.W. Hayes, speaking about Archie Griffin.

How very true, Woody.

Excellent interview 11W!

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Doc's picture

In my book he is the greatest Buckeye ever!  What a class act.

“Ain’t life grand when you finally hit it!”  DLR

osubuck57's picture

He should be in bronze, next to his ole ball coach at the WHC!!


BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Great interview, Archie is truly a great person and he proves it time and time again. When he speaks about Woody, it almost brings a tear to my eye. It's a shame the incredible amount of good Coach Hayes did gets overshadowed by his legendary temper. The man was absolutely incredible, and he molded so many great people. I never met Woody, but what he means to me cannot be expressed in words. Archie is a prime example of the type of person Woody wanted to represnt The Ohio State University.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

okiebuck's picture

There should be a picture of Archie Griffin in the dictionary under the word class. First Buckeye jersey I ever had was Archie's #45. Really nice to see him mention Paul Warfield one of the all time most under rated WR's to play the game; he was money with the Fins.
Great job Kyle & 11W!!

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Dougger's picture

Thank you both for getting this together. I'll always take the time to read anything related to Woody or Archie. Great human beings - they pay it forward by sharing their stories each time; definitely inspires me to pay it forward.
Does anyone else know if there have been more runners up in college football? 73,75,89,2006,2007. Any other pertinent years? '69.

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45has2's picture

I was in high school during Archie's years at TOSU. Man, it was fun watching Corny Greene lead Archie down the line of scrimmage on the option. More often than not Arch got the pitch but Corny was so slick with the ball he could keep the D guessing.

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nfischer's picture

...impossible not to like Archie Griffin.  When God started handing out gifts and talents, he gave it all the Archie.  Extreme (top level) talent and humility rarely stand shoulder to shoulder in one individual. Archie Griffin is the exception.

Poison nuts's picture

Wow! An Archie Griffin interview!! Thanks Kyle & 11W for this. Means a lot...great interview too. Archie is one of the reasons I am so fanatical about OSU & reading how humble he is, as well as how much of a Buckeye he is was a treat. Thanks again.

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iamcbs's picture

Quite simply, the Greatest College Football Player Ever!!!!

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely to one's knowledge of the facts, the less you know the hotter you get!!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Archie is such a great guys and absolute great ambassador for the university!  He's such a role model and I love learning more about him. 
Go Bucks!

Haybucks's picture

Archie is the best ambassador a school and program could hope for.  Thankfully, we don't have to hope.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Buckabroad's picture

Simply incredible interview. Humility, wisdom, intensity, the constant effort to become a better person. Archie embodies what Ohio State is about. Always has been my idol, always will be.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."