Griffin talks Heisman, son at Ohio St.
September, 29, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Chris Putman In 1999, Archie Griffin had his number retired at Ohio State. Standing next to him is his 7-year-old son, Adam. This year, Adam is playing football for the Buckeyes and Griffin is the alumni director.Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin is making the promotional rounds to talk about his partnership with Wendy’s High School Heisman, which honors students for hard work, dedication and outstanding records on and off the field.
"This program means the world to me. My former coach, Woody Hayes, always talked about paying forward," said Griffin, who won two Heisman trophies at Ohio State and now is head of the school's alumni group. "We all need to be doing things to help other people."
The deadline to apply is Oct. 2, and two national award winners will be selected from 12 finalists. Each national winner will receive a Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, a Heisman patch and $10,000 for their high school. To be eligible, a student must have maintained at least a “B” average, participate in one of 27 sports sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations and demonstrate active involvement in the community.
"I'm so proud to say that more than 300,000 young people have been recognized through this program since it began in 1994," Griffin said. "It's our pleasure to honor them for their contributions and their hard work on and off the field."
And, at Ohio State, Griffin is watching firsthand one of his own children: Adam Griffin is a reserve defensive back for the team.
"It's very special for him and it's very special for me," Griffin said. "I want to set a good example and make sure he's doing the right thing. At the same time, he's a growing young man and he has to make decisions on his own and grow from those decisions."