BOB GRIESE

BOB GRIESE

Class of 1990
Quarterback >>> 6-1, 190
(Purdue)
1967-1980 Miami Dolphins

Robert Allen Griese ... All-American at Purdue ... No. 1 draft pick, 1967 ... Poised leader of classic ball-control offense ... Led Miami to three AFC titles, Super Bowl VII, VIII wins ... NFL Player of the Year, 1971 ... All-Pro twice, All-AFC three times ... Played in two AFL All-Star games, six AFC-NFC Pro Bowls ... Career Stats: 25,092 yards, 192 TDs, 77.1 rating passing; 994 yards, 7 TDs rushing ... Born February 3, 1945, in Evansville, Indiana.

Bob Griese, a two-time All-America at Purdue, was the Dolphins' No. 1 draft choice in their second year in 1967. He enjoyed an excellent rookie season with 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns passing and, for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career, he was the poised leader of a classic ball-control offense that generated an awesomely efficient running attack, three AFC championships in 1971, 1972 and 1973 and victories in Super Bowls VII and VIII.

In the 1970s, the 6-1, 190-pound quarterback led the Dolphins to nine winning seasons. In several of his finest performances, Griese used the pass only sparingly. But when the defenses clogged up the Miami runners, Bob quickly and efficiently opened things up with his accurate aerials.

In Super Bowl VII, for instance, only 11 of Miami's 50 scrimmage plays were passes but Bob's eight completions accounted for one touchdown and set up the second. In Super Bowl VIII, the rush-pass ratio for Miami was a startling 53-7 with Griese completing six of his seven passes. The Dolphins won easily. In 14 seasons, Griese threw 3,429 passes, completing 1,926 for 25,092 yards, 192 touchdowns for a 77.1 career passing rating. He also rushed 261 times for 994 yards and seven touchdowns.

Honors came frequently for Griese. A six-time Dolphins MVP, he was named All-Pro in 1971 and 1977, and All-AFC four times (1970, 1971, 1973, and 1977). He played in two AFL All-Star games and six AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. His success came in spite of numerous injuries that constantly plagued him. During Miami's perfect 1972 season, Bob missed eight games but returned in time to lead his team to wins in both the AFC title game and Super Bowl VII.

Year
Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1967 Miami
12
331
166
50.2
2005
15
18
61.6
37
157
4.2
1
1968 Miami
13
355
186
52.4
2473
21
16
75.7
42
230
5.5
1
1969 Miami
9
252
121
48
1695
10
16
56.9
21
102
4.9
0
1970 Miami
14
245
142
58
2019
12
17
72.1
26
89
3.4
2
1971 Miami
14
263
145
55.1
2089
19
9
90.9
26
82
3.2
0
1972 Miami
6
97
53
54.6
638
4
4
71.6
3
11
3.7
1
1973 Miami
13
218
116
53.2
1422
17
8
84.3
13
20
1.5
0
1974 Miami
13
253
152
60.1
1968
16
15
80.9
16
66
4.1
1
1975 Miami
10
191
118
61.8
1693
14
13
86.6
17
59
3.5
1
1976 Miami
13
272
162
59.6
2097
11
12
78.9
23
108
4.7
0
1977 Miami
14
307
180
58.6
2252
22
13
87.8
16
30
1.9
0
1978 Miami
11
235
148
63
1791
11
11
82.4
9
10
1.1
0
1979 Miami
14
310
176
56.8
2160
14
16
72
11
30
2.7
0
1980 Miami
5
100
61
61
790
6
4
89.2
1
0
0.0
0
Career Total
161
3429
1926
56.2
25092
192
172
77.1
261
994
3.8
7
Full Name: Robert Allen Griese

Birthdate: February 3, 1945

Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana

High School: Rex Mundi (Evansville, Ind.)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame:
January 27, 1990

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame:
August 4, 1990

Presenter: Don Shula, head coach, Miami Dolphins

Other Members of Class of 1990:
Buck Buchanan, Franco Harris, Ted Hendricks, Jack Lambert, Tom Landry, Bob St. Clair

Pro Career:
14 seasons, 161 games

Drafted: 1st round (4th player overall) in 1967 by Miami Dolphins

Uniform Number:
12

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