Bob Griese

  • Miami Dolphins (1967-1980)
  • 6 × Pro Bowl selection ( 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 )
  • 2 × AFL All-Star selection ( 1967, 1968)
  • 1966 Sammy Baugh Trophy
  • 1971 Jim Thorpe Trophy
  • 1977 Bert Bell Award
  • Back number 12 blocked by Dolphins
  • Miami Dolphins Honor Roll
  • Florida Sports Hall of Fame (1979 )

Robert Allen Griese ( born February 3, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana ) is a former American professional American football player. He played quarterback for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League ( NFL).

Youth / College

Griese played 1964-1966 quarterback at Purdue University with the Purdue Boilermakers. Last year, his team beat the team from the University of California at 14:13 in the Rose Bowl.

Professional time

In the AFL / NFL Draft 1967 Griese was committed in the first round in 4th place by the Dolphins. Griese's statistics for the first four years have been mixed. Although he revealed great talent, but at the same time he managed to score more touchdowns than interceptions in only one year. 1970 took over Don Shula the Office of the Head coach for the Dolphins. With Griese and Shula, the Dolphins developed one of the leading football teams of the 70s, although Griese was handicapped by a visual defect. Already in the second season Shula could lead the team in the Super Bowl. In Super Bowl VI, the Dolphins lost with 24:3 against the team of Tom Landry, the Dallas Cowboys. 1972 was then the great year the Dolphins. They lost none of their games this season and also won the Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins with 14:7. Griese scored a touchdown pass to Howard Twilley. A year later, the team was from Miami then in Super Bowl VIII and won against the team of the Minnesota Vikings with their star quarterback Fran Tarkenton with 24:7.

Griese succeeded after the signing of Don Shula from 1971 complete each of the seasons with a positive result, there are more games were won than lost. Griese was considered a selfless player. Although he achieved the record for touchdown passes would have in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals can break ( he had scored until the third quarter six touchdowns and had seven needed ), he had to replace. In 1977 he achieved with his passports a total of 22 touchdowns - that was Ligabestleistung this season. After 14 years and 192 scored in the regular season touchdowns he ended his career.


Griese played six times in the Pro Bowl, the season final game of the best players of the season. He was twice Allstar and was elected in 1971 and 1977 for MVP. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and in the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll. In 1977 he received the Bert Bell Award. His jersey number 12 is no longer awarded by the Dolphins.

After the career

Griese is married and has three sons with his first wife died of cancer. His son Brian Griese was also American football player in the NFL and now works with him as a television presenter for the American TV channel ESPN. Together with his son Bob Griese wrote a book about the death of his wife and his football career, in which case the focus was on the football season of 1972 - in which no game was lost.