Dec. 2, 2012
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Tournament of Roses announced today (Sunday, Dec. 2) that former University of Michigan quarterback Brian Griese (1993-97) will be one of three inductees to headline its Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Former Arizona State and Ohio State coach John Cooper and former USC player Ron Yary will also be installed at the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony supported by Wells Fargo at noon on Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Pasadena Convention Center.
"We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals whose accomplishments at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium have enriched our game's great history," said Tournament of Roses executive director Bill Flinn. "This class, like those that came before, will be honored for years to come through this ceremony."
Griese led the Wolverines to an undefeated season and national championship in 1997. He was named Player of the Game at the 1998 Rose Bowl after completing 18-of-30 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns in Michigan's 21-16 victory over Washington State.
Griese was 17-5 as a starter at Michigan and completed 355-of-606 career passes for 4,383 yards and 33 touchdowns. He went on to play 11 seasons in the National Football League after being drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
In 2002, Griese founded Judi's House in memory of his mother who died when he was 12 years old. The center helps grieving children and families by offering grief counseling and peer support groups to share the experience of loss with others. Judiʹs House has served more than 6,000 children and their adult caregivers from the Denver area since opening. Brian and his father, former NFL quarterback Bob Griese, wrote a book together entitled "Undefeated" -- published in 2000 -- about their experiences through their undefeated seasons, living through the breast cancer illness and the death of Brianʹs mother and Bobʹs first wife, Judi. Griese currently serves as a college football analyst for ESPN.
The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to pay tribute to members of the Rose Bowl Game who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game, and those who embody the highest level of passion, strength, tradition and honor associated with The Granddaddy of Them All®.
Over the past 23 years, a total of 104 inductees have been added to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Michigan inductees include former players Bump Elliott (inducted in 1989), Neil Snow (1990), Bob Chappuis (1992), Butch Woolfolk (1998), Mel Anthony (2002) and Chuck Ortmann (2008) and former head coach Bo Schembechler (1993).
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