Archie Griffin in the USFL
Archie Griffin will always be remembered for his years with Ohio State and some might even remember his NFL days with the Cincinnati Bengals, however his comeback attempt is often forgotten.
Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, signed with the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football League (USFL) for the 1985 season, after he was released by the Bengals following the 1983 season.
The Bulls signed Griffin to be the featured back in coach Lindy Infante’s offense, however he was quickly displaced on the depth chart when the Bulls signed another Heisman Trophy winning running back Mike Rozier.
Rozier had opted for the big money the USFL was offering over the NFL and signed a three-year $3 million contract with the Pittsburgh Maulers in 1984 out of college.
At the time, the USFL featured four Heisman Trophy winners. The other two winners Herschel Walker and Doug Flutie both played for the New Jersey Generals.
With the younger Rozier on the roster, Griffin, who was limited to 11 yards rushing on 10 carries and four receptions for 25 yards after just seven games, decided to retired from football.
Perhaps, Griffin would have faired better with the Tampa Bay Bandits for no other reason than the team’s uniforms were a direct copy of Ohio State’s jerseys minus the helment logo.