Bobby Griffin

Bobby Griffin was an outstanding triple-threat tailback on three championship teams, first at Garland High School where he was co-captain and all district; next, two years at Baylor University, and finally two years at East Texas State College, where he was All-Lone Star Conference. Bobby also served as a highly regarded scout on the staff of the Dallas Cowboys. During Bobby Griffin's three seasons at Garland High, the Owls won 32, lost only two, and had one tie. They were the 1942 bi-district champions and undefeated regional champions in 1943 and 1944, with Griffin becoming the first Garland back to play in the Texas High School North-South All-Star game. Bobby was also a three year starting forward in basketball, being all-district twice and captain as a junior. As a senior, he led the Owls to a district baseball championship and was all-district catcher, leading district batters with a .514 average. Bobby entered Baylor University in 1945 and earned a starting backfield position, as the Bears posted a 5-5-1 record. In 1946, the injury-riddled Bruins had a poor season and even the talented Griffin, who was moved to quarterback for the final five games, could not ignite the Baylor offense. Transferring to East Texas State, Bobby gained 331 yards on 77 carries as the leading runner for the Lions, who finished as the Lone Star Conference runners-up with an 8-2 record. He also scored three touchdowns and kicked 19 extra points to rank third among conference scorers with 37 points. Once again moved back to quarterback in 1948, the versatile Griffin earned first-team all-conference recognition with his passing, running, and kicking (his average of 42 yards per punt led the conference). Bobby Griffin also played baseball at both Baylor and East Texas State Universities. As the starting catcher for two years for the Lions, he led the Lone Star Conference in hitting in 1948 with an average of .433, with at least one hit in every game, scored 16 runs, and tied for home run honors in the conference.