COLUMBUS, Ohio – Archie Griffin was a happy face in familiar surroundings at Ohio Stadium Thursday night.
The Ohio State football great and the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner was honorary captain for the Ohio Division II championship game between La Salle and Massillon Perry.
Mike Dyer of WCPO.com caught up with the former Bengals running back for a few moments before he went out on the field to do the pre-game coin toss.
"It's a great honor, in all honesty," said the 62-year-old Columbus native. "I love high school football and Ohio's got the best as far as I'm concerned. To be able to be an honorary captain, flip the coin and just enjoy a high school state championship – it doesn't get any better than that."
WATCH Griffin's interview on the Cincinnati Area High School Sports Facebook page.
After his two Heisman-winning years, Griffin was the Bengals' second first-round pick in the 1976 draft and played in Cincinnati through 1982.
"I enjoyed Cincinnati. I had eight years there and really enjoyed the time," Griffin said. "We had some good years, had some bad years, had a Super Bowl year and really enjoyed the players that I played with. All are still good friends. It was a wonderful time and Cincinnati is a wonderful city."
Griffn has served Ohio State in a number of roles, including assistant athletic director and president and CEO of the alumni association.