"We are pleased to have Howard Griffith join our radio team," Director of Athletics Ron Guenther said. "We were very lucky to have one of our all-time greats in Jim Grabowski behind the microphone for almost 30 years, and now we follow up with another of the Illini's all-time great players in Howard Griffith. His accomplishments here at Illinois and in his eight-year NFL career speak for themselves. He has some terrific broadcast experience following his playing career in Denver, and we're very confident he'll be a great spokesperson and analyst on our football radio network."
Head coach Ron Zook was also pleased with the addition of Griffith to the radio booth.
"I am so excited to have Howard join our radio network," Zook said. "He gave so much to this program as a player and I'm thrilled he wants to continue to be a part of the family. Howard has played this game at the highest level and will add his great knowledge to the broadcast."
Griffith lettered at Illinois from 1987-90, helping the Illini to a share of the Big Ten title in 1990 and a 10-victory season in 1989. The highlight of his Illinois career came on Sept. 22, 1990, when he rushed for eight touchdowns in an Illini victory over Southern Illinois, setting NCAA records for most points scored (48) and rushing touchdowns (8) in a game. He still holds Illinois records for touchdowns in a game (8), season (15) and career (33), while standing seventh on the career list with 2,485 yards, including a career-high 1,115 rushing yards as a senior in 1990 to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league coaches.
"It's with a great deal of pride and enthusiasm that I join the Fighting Illini broadcast team, replacing one of the all-time greats, Jim Grabowski," Griffith said. "Naturally, it is very special for me to return to the university that propelled me in my football career.
I look forward to the opportunity, and sharing my insight on Illinois football."
The Chicago native spent eight seasons in the NFL, including two with the Los Angeles Rams, two with the Carolina Panthers and four with the Denver Broncos, helping the Broncos to Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998 as the starting fullback. Griffith scored two rushing touchdowns in the Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII win. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, but never played for the Colts.