Dean Griffing

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Dean Griffing
Born:(1915-05-17)May 17, 1915
St. George, Kansas, U.S.
Died:February 9, 1998(1998-02-09) (aged 82)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
CollegeKansas State
Career history
As player
1936–1943Regina Roughriders
1944Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
1945–1947Calgary Stampeders
CFL West All-Star1937, 1938, 1940
Career stats

Orrin Dean Griffing (1915 – 1998) was an American gridiron football player, coach, and executive. He played as a center and linebacker for the Kansas State University in 1933 and 1934,[1][2] for the Regina Roughriders from 1936 to 1943, for Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers in 1944, and the Calgary Stampeders from 1945 to 1947; the last he also part owned.[3] Griffing was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1965.[3] He coached Saskatchewan during the mid-1950s.[1][3] In 1960, Griffing became the first general manager of the Denver Broncos, selected in part because of his known and needed frugality.[1][2][4] He was responsible for the team's unappealing brown and yellow uniform and ugly socks, which he had bought secondhand from a high school all-star game.[4] He later worked as special assignment scout for the Chicago Bears.[2]

Griffing died in 1998 in Sarasota, Florida.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b c Ed Gruver (September 1997). The American Football League: a year-by-year history, 1960-1969. McFarland. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-0-7864-0399-8. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "St. Charles East honors Bowman for 100th career victory". Daily Herald. January 31, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Dean Griffing". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. 2011. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b William J. Ryczek; Don Maynard (January 2009). Crash of the Titans: The Early Years of the New York Jets and the AFL. McFarland. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-0-7864-4126-6. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Dean Griffing Obituary". Beacon News. February 12, 1998. Retrieved 14 June 2011.