While he appeared to be in line for a successful NFL career, his fortunes quickly turned.
Griffin had a bright future in football, but things never panned out and the former OSU superstar ultimately went bankrupt before the age of 30.
So, where is Archie Griffin now?
Archie Griffin’s College Football Career
Archie Griffin played fullback in high school at Eastmoor Academy in Ohio before taking his talents to Ohio State University and play for head coach Woody Hayes. He was strongly considering attending Northwestern before being lured to Columbus.
After two impressive seasons as a freshman and sophomore, Griffin truly took off as a junior. He rushed for 1,695 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1974, helping lead the Buckeyes to a joint Big Ten title with Michigan and winning his first Heisman Trophy.
In 1975, Griffin racked up 1,450 rushing yards and became the first player to win a second Heisman Trophy, despite logging just four rushing touchdowns.
He was a three-time Consensus All-American and was also named the Big Ten’s MVP twice. Additionally, he was named United Press’ Player of the Year in 1974 and 1975.
Griffin is the only player ever to start in four Rose Bowl games, having featured in the game against USC three times.
At the end of Griffin’s college career in Columbus, he held the NCAA record for career rushing yards and was considered one of the greatest college football players ever.
The star tailback was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Archie Griffin’s NFL Career
Archie Griffin declared for the 1976 NFL Draft after his senior season and was a lock to be a first round pick after his dominance in college.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected him with the 24th overall pick with the hopes of him being a professional football star, too.
His career as an NFL player was far less successful, however. He managed just three touchdowns as a rookie, and failed to score in his next four seasons in the league.
Griffin played in the 1982 Super Bowl, though he was merely a utility tailback by that point. He was out of football by the time he was 28 after failing to find his footing in the league.
Archie Griffin Now
Archie Griffin had some financial woes during his playing career, even filing for personal bankruptcy after some failed business ventures.
He’s since recovered financially, landing jobs within Ohio State’s athletic department.
Griffin served as the program’s Associate Athletic Director, as well as the CEO of the Ohio State University Alumni Association for 11 years.
Griffin moved to being a senior advisor for the Ohio State Office of Advancement and still attends the Heisman Trophy ceremonies in New York.