|Date of birth:June 24, 1976|
|Place of birth: Gainesville, Florida|
|High school: P.K. Yonge High School
|College: University of Florida|
|NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93|
|Debuted in 1999 for the Denver Broncos|
|Last played in 2005 for the Nashville Kats|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2001
Career Arena football statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
William Travis McGriff (born June 24, 1976) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in two different professional football leagues. McGriff played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a national championship team. Thereafter, he played professionally for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) and the Orlando Predators and Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League (AFL).
Early life and family
McGriff was born into a family of prominent University of Florida alumni. His father, Lee McGriff, was a walk-on for the Florida Gators football team who became a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) wide receiver, and later, an assistant coach for the Gators. His grandfather, Jack McGriff, was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team, and became the principal of the university's laboratory school, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. His father's cousin, Perry McGriff, was a split end for the Gators in 1958 and 1959, and later became a state representative. Perry's son, Mark McGriff, was a tight end for the Gators from 1986 to 1988.
McGriff received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a wide receiver for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1995 to 1998. He was a letterman on the Gators' SEC championship teams in 1995 and 1996. He was also a member of the Gators' first national championship team in 1996, which defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in the Sugar Bowl to win the Bowl Alliance national championship.
McGriff had seventy receptions as a senior in 1998, including thirteen catches in a 222-yard performance versus the South Carolina Gamecocks. He finished his final college season with ten touchdowns and an SEC single-season record of 1,357 yards receiving, and was a first-team All-SEC selection and a third-team All-American.
McGriff graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport sciences in 2004.
McGriff was chosen in the third round (ninety-third pick overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, and played for the Broncos for three seasons from 1999 to 2001. After three years with the Broncos, he was released in October 2001. He also had a short stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
He also played in the Arena Football League, including three seasons with the Orlando Predators from 2003 to 2005, where he won AFL Rookie of the Year honors in 2003, and part of one season for the Nashville Kats in 2005. He compiled 158 receptions for 2,290 yards and forty-five touchdowns in Arena Football League play.
- Florida Gators
- Florida Gators football, 1990–99
- History of the Denver Broncos
- List of Florida Gators football All-Americans
- List of Florida Gators football players
- List of University of Florida alumni
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Travis McGriff. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Travis McGriff. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
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- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1999 National Football League Draft. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
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- Bill Fay, "Preds Find A Great Catch," Orlando Sentinel (February 16, 2003). Retrieved May 7, 2011.
- Tom Wyrwich, "Ex-UCF Player Fryzel Cements Role With Preds," Orlando Sentinel (March 6, 2005). Retrieved May 7, 2011.
- "Predators' McGriff Wins Award," Orlando Sentinel (May 29, 2003). Retrieved May 7, 2011.
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