One Man, Three Perspectives

Former Illini RB Howard Griffith has the unique ability to see his alma mater from three points of view: as a BTN analyst, as a former player, and as the father of a prospective student athlete. How does Griffith see the current state of the program through each of those lenses?

Howard Griffith was one of the most prolific and notable running backs in Illinois history. His eight-touchdown game against Southern Illinois-Carbondale still stands as one of the greatest single-game performances in Memorial Stadium history.

Now an analyst for the Big Ten Network, Griffith has a unique opportunity to see not only the Illinois program, but the entire conference from an objective point of view.

And with his son, Houston Griffith, a rising sophomore at Chicago's Mount Carmel High School, beginning to garner a large amount of college attention, including an offer from Illinois before even graduating 8th grade, Griffith gets to see Illinois as well from the perspective of a parent of a potential student athlete at Illinois.

We spoke with Griffith one-on-one at Big Ten Media Days to get his thoughts on the program from each of those standpoints and provide valuable insight into how the program is perceived from the perspective of the media, the alumni, and the parents of potential student athletes.


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