Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Brian Griese: A True Michigan Man

Not only did Brian Griese lead the Wolverines to the 1997 National Championship but he also established himself as the quintessential "Michigan Man" for his good deeds off the field as well as his heroics on it. Recently, Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune did an article about Griese and the children's charity, Judi's House. It is good to see a positive piece about a former Wolverine especially coming on the heels of all the publicity surrounding the fall of Tony Boles. In the article, Griese discusses that Judi's House is named after his mother who passed away when he was only 12 years old. Griese started Judi's House with a $1 Million personal endowment and over 1,500 kids have made use of it thus far. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.judishouse.org

For those who are intrigued and want to learn more about Griese on a personal level, I recommend his 2000 book that he co-authored with his NFL Hall of Fame father Bob Griese (and Jim Denney) titled: "Undefeated: How Father and Son Triumphed over Unbelievable Odds Both on and off the Field". The book can be found on Amazon's website and at fine retailers everywhere.

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