14 Days: A Look Back at National Champion Brian Griese

We are officially 2 weeks from game day and kickoff to Michigan football! Let’s celebrate by looking back at National Championship quarterback and 1997 Rose Bowl MVP, Brian Griese.

College
  • Griese played from 1993-1997. During his time with the Wolverines, he never once got awarded a scholarship.
  • He was redshirted in 1993 and was placeholder the following season.
  • After injury sustained by¬†Scott Dreisbach in 1995, Griese was finally able to become starter for the remainder of the season.
  • Took down #2 Ohio State 31-23 in 1995.
  • Dreisbach retain the starter the following season, which placed Griese as pooch kicking duties.
  • Griese was put in the 1996 game against Ohio State at halftime and lead a come from behind win, 13-9.
  • In 1997, Griese won the starting job and help lead the Wolverines to a 12-0 season and a win over Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl Game, which gave them their first Nation Championship since 1948.
  • He was awarded as Rose Bowl MVP after a 251 yards and three touchdown performance.
  • 17-5 as a starter and won all 3 match-ups against Ohio State in his career.
  • Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Career stats for Griese were 4,383 yards, 33 touchdowns, 18 interceptions with a 58% completion rate.
NFL
  • Was selected in the 3rd round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
  • He was on the Broncos when they won Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • After John Elway’s retirement, Griese won the starting quarterback position.
  • Voted into the 2000 NFL Pro Bowl.
  • During the 2000 season, he had a QB Rating of 102.9 after a 2,688 yards, 19 touchdown season.
  • After five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Griese was traded to the Miami Dolphins. After spending one season with the Dolphins, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Was traded to Chicago Bears in 2006, which won the NFC Conference Championship, but lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.
  • Griese retired from the NFL in 2009.
  • Career stats for his NFL resume were 19,440 yards, 119 touchdowns, 99 interceptions with a 62.7% completion rate.
Life after Football
  • Since his retirement in 2009, Griese has been part of the ESPN College Football crew as color commentator and analyst.
  • He is the founder and Board President of Judi’s House, a support center for children. Judi’s House is named after his mother, Judi Griese, who passed away from breast cancer in 1987.
  • For his work with Judi’s House, Brian won the 2011 Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.
  • His father, Bob Griese, and Brian co-wrote a book together titled¬†Undefeated. The book is based on both his and Bob’s experience playing for undefeated teams and dealt with losing Judi Griese to breast cancer. Bob Griese played for the 1972 Miami Dolphins who went 16-0 and won Super Bowl VII.

Go Blue!

TWD Staff

Stories contributed by staff members of The Wolverine Daily.

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