Brian Griese has spent years following in his father’s footsteps.
First, Brian — the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese — quarterbacked teams for a decade. Then, the younger Griese followed his father into the broadcast booth.
Now, Brian is officially part of the Monday Night Football broadcast booth, a role his father never had in his years with ABC and ESPN. Although they differ in that regard, there is one feat the father-and-son duo share — and it’s one that not many other duos have achieved.
Bob Griese is a Hall of Fame quarterback
The fourth overall pick out of Purdue in 1967, Bob Griese went 92-56-3 in 14 NFL seasons, all of which were with the Miami Dolphins. He completed 56.2% of his passes for 25,092 yards, 192 touchdowns, and 172 interceptions.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Griese won two Super Bowls under legendary head coach Don Shula. Griese earned First-team All-Pro honors in 1971 and 1977.
Griese won the NFL MVP Award in 1971 when he completed 55.1% of his passes for 2,089 yards, 19 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. For comparison,
His 19 touchdowns were tied for second-most in the NFL that year. For comparison, 25 different quarterbacks — ranging from Lamar Jackson to Matthew Stafford — threw at least 19 touchdowns in 2019.
Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett fell just short with 18 touchdowns.
Back to Griese, who earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. The Miami Dolphins retired his No. 12 in 1985.
Brian Griese played 11 NFL seasons
Born in Miami when his father was still playing for the Dolphins, Brian Griese played for the Michigan Wolverines in the 1990s.
Denver used a third-round pick on Griese in 1998 on the eve of John Elway’s final season. A year later, Griese took the starting reins and completed 57.7% of his passes for 3,032 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
Despite playing in only 10 games the next season, Griese earned Pro Bowl honors because he threw 19 touchdowns to four interceptions. Griese remained the Broncos’ starting quarterback through 2002 but never became the elite signal-caller Denver thought he would.
The Miami Dolphins signed Griese in 2003 and he threw five touchdowns to six interceptions. Playing under Jon Gruden in 2004 with the Buccaneers, Griese completed a career-high 69.3% of his passes for 2,632 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions; Tampa only went 4-6 in his 10 starts, though.
Griese went 5-1 with the Buccaneers in 2005, then spent the next two seasons with the Chicago Bears. Griese returned to Tampa Bay in 2008 and won three of his five starts.
The Grieses share an incredible record
Bob Griese is a Hall of Fame quarterback. Brian Griese is not.
Brian Griese will call games on Monday Night Football. Bob Griese never did that.
There are plenty of differences between the two, but they do have one major thing in common. Besides quarterbacking and playing for the Miami Dolphins, of course.
The older Griese won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins. Brian won a Super Bowl as a rookie with the Broncos in January 1999.
The two became the first father-son quarterback duo to each win the Super Bowl. Seven father-son pairings accomplished that feat through 2017, but the Grieses are the only quarterbacks to do it.
That record could stick for a few more years. There are no active quarterbacks whose fathers quarterbacked in the NFL, much less won the Super Bowl.
Matt Simms, a free agent and son of Giants legend Phil Simms, is the closest. The younger Simms is a free agent who spent last year with the Atlanta Falcons.