MNF analyst has followed in his father's footsteps, both on and off the field
A new team is in the broadcast booth this season for "Monday Night Football." Brian Griese and Louis Riddick are handling commentary, while Steve Levy is covering play-by-play. Most of us probably remember the former quarterback's time in the NFL, but here are five facts you may or may not know about Griese (above, center).
1. He is the son of Bob Griese
Griese is the youngest son of Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese, who two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins. After retiring from pro football in 1980, the elder Griese also went into broadcasting.
2. He won a national championship at Michigan
Griese turned down scholarship offers from Kentucky and Purdue, his father's alma mater, and walked on at Michigan. After sharing starting duties with Scott Dreisbach for two seasons, he became the full-time starter his senior year in 1997. That season, he quarterbacked the team to a perfect record and a share of the national championship. His father broadcast the Rose Bowl in which the Wolverines secured the title with a 21-16 win over Washington State.
3. He and his father are the only father/son quarterback duo to win Super Bowls
Injuries, spotty play, and issues with alcohol hindered much of Griese's career. His best season came in 2000 when he led the NFL in passer rating and made his only Pro Bowl. However, he also won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 1998 as the third-string quarterback behind John Elway and Bubby Brister. This makes him and his father the only father/son quarterback duo win Super Bowl rings.
4. He was a mainstay in ESPN college football's broadcasts before joining "Monday Night Football"
Before joining the "MNF" team, Griese was one of the main commentators for ESPN's college football games. Since 2016, he has generally been seen or heard calling a New Year's Six Bowl on television and a College Football Playoff game on ESPN radio each season.
5. He founded Judi's House
At the age of 12, Griese lost his mother, Judi, to breast cancer. In 2002, he founded Judi's House, a Denver-based nonprofit that helps children deal with grief after a tragedy. More than 6,000 children and their adult caregivers have participated in Judi's House since it opened.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.
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