Kris Griffin was a
talented wide receiver and safety at Rochester High School
and a key member of the Rams' undefeated 15-0 WPIAL and PIAA
Class A State Championship team in 1998. He was 1st Team Big
Seven Conference at both positions. Amazingly, that was
Kris's one and only season playing high school football.
After graduating from
Rochester, Kris went on to star at one of the NAIA's
football powerhouses of that day, the Geneva College Golden
Tornadoes. Over two seasons, he racked up impressive
numbers, including 109 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 7
sacks, and 8 interceptions. Kris's numbers earned him Don
Hansen's Football Gazette All-American honors.
Kris transferred to
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he continued
playing football and built a reputation as a speedy and
punishing tackler. At IUP, Griffin added 152 tackles, 38
tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 11 interceptions.
Kris signed a free agent
contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, and, during his two
seasons with the Chiefs, was a role player and a fan
favorite who led the Chiefs in special teams tackles. Kris
then signed with the Cleveland Browns, where he was named
special teams captain. Kris spent two seasons in Cleveland
before wrapping up the NFL portion of his professional
career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kris then signed with
the United Football League's Las Vegas Locomotives.
Kris's college and pro
careers were highly remarkable considering that he played
only that one season of high school football at Rochester.
Kris attributes his successes to his friends, family, and
high school coaches who always believed in him and in his
abilities: "Coming from Rochester, you are taught to work
hard and always do the right thing", Kris proudly states.
Kris has transitioned
into teaching and coaching. He resides in Houston, Texas,
and teaches physical education and coaches at Terry High
School. Kris has three children: Jayden, Brooklyn, and