Who will bring home this years collegiate Heisman Trophy? And, which two students will win the High School Heisman? Archie Griffin did something nobody has ever done; he won back-to-back Heisman Trophies, earning him the unofficial title of “greatest college football player ever.” As we near the 2007 Heisman award ceremony in New York City, talk with the college football icon about his career, the 2007 Heisman hopefuls, and how his legendary dedication encompasses more than just football. A strong supporter of excellence at the high school level, Griffin is also the ambassador for the Wendys High School Heisman (WHSH) program, which for the last 14 years has honored the nations top scholar-athletes who embody the Heisman tradition of hard work and dedication both on and off the field. Alongside the collegiate Heisman, the Wendys High School Heisman will also be awarded this week in New York to two of 12 national finalists, selected from a pool of more than 32,000 applicants. Griffin Will Talk About: Ģ Who he thinks will take home the Heisman Trophy What he expects the BCS to look like this year How and why Heisman glory will shine on two deserving high school students To learn more about this years national finalists and to view a list of students selected from your area, go to http://www.wendysheisman.com www.wendysheisman.com Archie Griffin Biography Archie Griffin, member of the College National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, The Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame, and the Columbus Public Schools Hall of Fame, has won virtually all the top honors any single athlete could win in college football. Griffin is the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy, symbolic of “The Outstanding College Football Player of the Country”. He was a three time All American in 1973, 74 and 75. He was named “Most Valuable Football Player in the Big Ten” for two straight years, thereby becoming only the second athlete in history to accomplish this feat. Both United Press International and the Sporting News named Archie “College Football Player of the Year”. Griffin is the first athlete in Ohio States history to have his number retired. Griffin broke nearly all the Ohio State rushing records. He set national marks and Big Ten marks, both for a single season and for a career. He also holds another rare distinction, he was named Captain of the 1974 Ohio State football team and his teammates renamed him to Captain of the 1975 Buckeyes. In 1975, Griffin was a recipient of the NCAAs Top Five Award. This award is the top honor an undergraduate can receive and is based on a combination of athletic skill, academic accomplishment, leadership and character. Graduating a quarter early, Griffin earned his college degree in Industrial Relations. In 1976, he was a first round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, served as co-captain and played with that franchise for eight years. As a professional, Archie continued his illustrious football career by ranking among the top NFL rushers with a 4.1 yards per carry average. He also commanded respect throughout the league as a very adept pass receiver. Archie Griffin returned to his alma mater in March, 1984. He later accepted the position of Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics in June of 1985. In July of 1987, he was named Assistant Director of Athletics and in April of 1994, named Associate Director of Athletics. January 1, 2004, he accepted the position of President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. In October of 1999 his jersey, #45, was retired in front of a record crowd in Ohio Stadium. He was the very first Buckeye to receive this honor.