Cornelius Griffin

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Cornelius Griffin
Cornelius Griffin 2007.jpg
Cornelius Griffin in 2007.
No. 97, 96
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-12-03) December 3, 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth: Troy, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Brundidge (AL) Pike Co.
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Debuted in 2000 for the New York Giants
Last played in 2009 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (1999)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 425
Sacks 29.0
Interception 2
Stats at NFL.com

Cornelius Griffin (/kɔrˈnɛljəs/; born December 3, 1976) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pearl River Community College and Alabama.

Griffin has also played for the Washington Redskins.

Early life and college career[edit]

Griffin was born in Troy, Alabama.[1] His father Willie Griffin was a pastor of the Lily White Pentecostal Church in Brundidge, Alabama, and Cornelius was one of Willie and Martha Griffin's seven children. Willie died in a car accident in 1998. Thus, after graduating from Pike County High School in Brundidge, Griffin first played college football as a defensive tackle for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. Although he committed to Auburn, Griffin decided to sign with the University of Alabama after Auburn coaches wanted him to become a tight end.[2] In the Alabama Crimson Tide, he started 23 of 25 games in its team (including bowls). As a senior in 1999, he was part of the Super Sleeper Team and All-Southeastern Conference first team.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2000 NFL Draft[edit]

Griffin was selected in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. "His workouts were unbelievable. We saw him as a certain first-rounder", said Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi.[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3⅛ in 297 lb 4.90 s 1.69 s 2.79 s 4.62 s 7.63 s 31 in 9 ft 3 in 30 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

New York Giants[edit]

Griffin played for four seasons with the Giants.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Griffin was signed by the Giants' NFC East-rival Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2004, during the 2004 offseason.[6]

Griffin had his best season in 2004, recording 96 tackles (66 solo) and six sacks. He has compiled 22.5 sacks with 352 tackles (249 solo) at either left or right tackle during his career.

He was released on March 4, 2010.[7]

After the NFL[edit]

Griffin has purchased a share of Flower's Insurance in Troy, Alabama. The name has changed to Griffin-Wilkes Insurance.[8]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries
2000 NYG 15 23 19 4 5.0 0 0
2001 NYG 16 63 47 16 2.5 0 1
2002 NYG 14 49 32 17 4.0 1 1
2003 NYG 15 55 38 17 1.0 0 1
2004 WSH 15 70 56 14 6.0 0 1
2005 WSH 13 35 34 1 4.0 1 1
2006 WSH 14 50 39 11 1.0 1 0
2007 WSH 16 42 28 14 2.5 0 0
2008 WSH 14 27 16 11 1.0 0 0
2009 WSH 14 34 22 12 2.0 1 0
Career 146 448 331 117 29.0 4 5

[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cornelius Griffin". NFL. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (January 13, 2001). "High Tide Alabama's son and Giants rookie Cornelius Griffin overcomes his father's death to reach the NFL". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cornelius Griffin". Washington Redskins. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Wennington, Bill (January 12, 2001), "Griffin, Sometime Spy, Is Giant Secret Weapon", New York Times .
  5. ^ "Cornelius Griffin", NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved May 13, 2010 .
  6. ^ Redskins Sign DT Cornelius Griffin From Giants
  7. ^ Redskins release Griffin
  8. ^ http://www.troymessenger.com/2010/11/11/teaming-up-for-a-common-goal/
  9. ^ "Cornelius Griffin Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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