Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Archie Griffin interview highlights day

It has been a long week -- and it's only Wednesday morning -- but the highlight of my Tuesday was my brief telephone interview with Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of college football's Heisman Trophy.

Griffin and I talked for about 10 minutes about the subject of my next book, Dubuque native Jay Berwanger, recipient of the first Heisman. Though their playing days were generations apart, the men enjoyed each other's company at annual Heisman events.

Griffin, who won the Heisman in 1974 and 1975 as an Ohio State running back, is president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. He won a truckload of honors during his collegiate career, including The Sporting News Man of the Year award in 1975.

Berwanger, who won the Heisman in 1935, died in 2002. Griffin remembers the former University of Chicago star as "classy. That’s how I looked at Berwanger. A classy man. Well-respected.”

Thanks, Archie.