Dean Griffing

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Dean Griffing
Date of birth (1915-05-17)May 17, 1915
Place of birth St. George, Kansas
Date of death February 9, 1998(1998-02-09) (aged 82)
Place of death Sarasota, Florida
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) Center
College Kansas State
Career history
As player
1936–1943 Regina Roughriders
1944 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
1945–1947 Calgary Stampeders
CFL West All-Star 1937, 1938, 1940
Career stats

Orrin Dean Griffing (born May 17, 1915 – February 9, 1998) was a 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.