Griffin Honored To Be No. 4 Icon

Ohio State legend Archie Griffin was honored Friday night at a private screening of his "Big Ten Icons" program. Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, was ranked No. 4 among the top 50 icons in conference history.

One might think Ohio State legend Archie Griffin is used to hearing people talk highly of him and his historic Buckeye football career.

But it still touches him when it comes from his former teammates.

Griffin was joined by friends, family, university benefactors and approximately 20 former and current Buckeyes Friday night at the Ohio Union on Ohio State's campus for a private screening of the Big Ten Network's "Big Ten Icons" program honoring him as the No. 4 all-time greatest player in conference history. Among those in attendance were former teammates Pete Johnson and John Hicks, as well as current Buckeyes Dan "Boom" Herron, Tyler Moeller and DeVier Posey.

Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network was the host for the screening.

"It was fabulous to have everybody here," Griffin told BSB following the screening. "I really enjoyed the fact that so many people showed up. These are people who love Ohio State. They pay it forward for Ohio State in special ways. Then to have my teammates come back for this, it really put the icing on the cake you might say."

Griffin said he got emotional while watching the program, which first aired Sunday night on the Big Ten Network.

"It brought tears to my eyes actually on several occasions when they showed the video and I heard some of the guys talk about me," he said. "I'm very humbled to be one of the Icons. … It just brought back a lot of memories. You reminisce and it touches you. It really touches you."

Griffin was happy to have members of the current team in attendance.

"It was a nice touch," Griffin said. "DeVier, Tyler and Boom are great guys. I know that DeVier and Boom have had some struggles earlier this year, but they're both great young men. They are tremendous young men as far as I am concerned. I appreciated the fact that they came."

Ohio State greats Chris Spielman (47), Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (39), Jack Nicklaus (18) and Jerry Lucas (8) have already been honored as Big Ten Icons. Griffin was not told he would be No. 4 until Feb. 6 but he had already deduced that his name would be showing up on the list soon.

"They don't really tip you off, but when they got to six, I thought, ‘Well, I must be in the top five,' " Griffin said. "I didn't know where, but I knew they had put this (viewing) together. So I pretty much figured it out. They were going to do this before they show No. 4, so I must be No. 4."

As for who will eventually be named the Big Ten's No. 1 Icon, Griffin has a player in mind.

"My No. 1 is Jesse Owens, no question," Griffin said. "It's because of what he did during the time he was in school and the way he went to the Olympics and won four gold medals. He really turned Hitler's theory of Nazi domination upside down. Hitler felt the African American race was inferior, and for Jesse to go over there and win four gold medals and develop the relationship he developed with German long jumper Luz Long, I thought was tremendous.

"It did so much from an international standpoint that I thought he should be No. 1."

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