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OSU football legend Archie Griffin honored with statue at Rose Bowl Stadium

Rose Bowl Stadium

Former Ohio State University Buckeyes running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin, will be honored with a statue at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Griffin's likeness will be the marquee statue to the stadium's new Legends Walk that will highlight and educate visitors on all 19 Heisman Trophy winners that have played in the Rose Bowl game.

The 2024 college football season is also the 50th anniversary of Griffin's first Heisman win. Griffin is one of only two players to have started in four consecutive Rose Bowl games.

A full-size replica of the statue will also be gifted to Ohio State's Athletics Department.

"On behalf of The Ohio State University and the Department of Athletics, I wish to extend our most sincere thanks and gratitude to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation for this wonderful honor of memorializing our all-time great, Archie Griffin, with a statue at the Rose Bowl Stadium," said Gene Smith, Ohio State's Senior Vice President and retiring Athletic Director, in a statement.

The statue will be sculpted by artist Brian Hanlon, of Hanlon Sculpture Studios in Toms River, New Jersey, along with guidance from the Griffin family.

The statue is scheduled to be unveiled and dedicated in mid-August.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.