Former Ohio State football team legend Archie Griffin will finally get a statue that many Buckeye fans have been wanting for years. It just is not going to happen outside of Ohio Stadium. Archie will get his statue outside of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, as was announced by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation last week.
College Football's only two-time Heisman trophy winner is indeed a Rose Bowl legend and deserves this distinguished honor. Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1990, Griffin played in four total Rose Bowls rushing for over 400 yards in those games.
Griffin said this about the honor, via Eleven Warriors:
""I am humbled to have a statue in my honor at the Rose Bowl Stadium, one of the most prestigious stadiums in America. I feel blessed to have played in four Rose Bowl Games. Please know that when you honor me with this recognition, you also honor the teams that I played on during my four years at The Ohio State University. I was simply in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. That’s what allowed me to enjoy the success that my teammates and I experienced. Again, I am extremely grateful to be honored in this manner.""- Archie Griffin
Griffin is truly a humble man and a great ambassador for Ohio State football and the University. But this great recognition from the Rose Bowl begs the question as to why Ohio State has not given Griffin a similar honor.
I know the University is pretty stingy when it comes to handing out statues. Woody Hayes has one outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Jesse Owens also has a much-deserving statue as well on campus by the Athletic facilities. But if there was one person who should have one that does not it's Griffin.
There are plenty of great spots around Ohio Stadium for this to be done. My personal favorite would be alongside Buckeye Grove. Hopefully, with a new Athletic Director and new school president, this could get accomplished under their watch. But congratulations to Archie on this much-deserving honor in Pasadena.