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ESPN: Former Bengals RB Archie Griffin Named Most Accomplished College Player With Mediocre Pro Career


Archie Griffin is the only member of the two Heisman Trophy club. According to ESPN's Simply Saturday, ranking the top 50 college players with uneventful professional careers, Archie Griffin is also the most accomplished college football player that tanked in professional football.

After posting 5,177 yards rushing with 26 touchdowns, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Griffin 24th overall during the 1976 NFL Draft . The Bengals would eventually follow up with the richest contract in the NFL, signing Griffin to what was believed to be a three-year deal worth close to $100,000 a year. And that was after Griffin declined a two-year contract worth $290,000 from the CFL's Montreal team.

Griffin only played seven seasons with the Bengals, appearing during Super Bowl XVI, posting 2,808 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. Griffin briefly played with the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls after leaving the NFL.

Other former Bengals on ESPN's Top 50 list includes Peter Warrick (No. 25) and center Dave Rimington (No. 7).