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KRIS GRIFFIN

Football ∙ Rochester

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 Jaksyn.