From the time he was very young, Brian Griese knew he was going to make a name for himself in the National Football League. Unfortunately, the name he's made lately has been more associated with jokes than accomplishments.
So, following the Denver Broncos quarterback mini-camp, the son of Hall of Famer Bob Griese decided it was time to set the record straight concerning his recent mishap at teammate Terell Davis house.
A mishap that cost the Broncos starter seven stitches, a black eye and a chipped tooth.
"Yeah, we had a few beers," Griese told reporters. "It was a barbecue; it wouldn't be a barbecue without it. But that had no bearing on whether I fell or not. I was running down the driveway. Terrell has all this money so he built his house up on a mountain and the driveway is pretty steep. I was running down the driveway to the car and I lost my balance."
No fight, no punches, no problem, at least according to Griese.
Yet his adventure in clumsiness did evoke theories of possible punches throw by defensive tackle Trevor Pryce, a scenario played out on local radio stations for the past week, yet denied by both individuals.
It also brought about the concern of a second alcohol related problem within the last two years.
In October 2000, Griese was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding along Interstate I-25, later pleading guilty to a lesser charge of driving while impaired.
"I'm not angry, trust me," he said regarding the recent flood of publicity. "I know what happens out there and I don't have control over what people think or what people write. I've just got to control myself."
Ironically, controlling himself is something that the team, the coaches and the media had hoped for all along.
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