Heisman winner urges Ohioans to get vaccines

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health partnered with Archie Griffin, a two-time Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State University alumnus, to encourage Ohioans to tackle H1N1 by getting a flu vaccine.

“For years I fought to stay healthy on the football field and I’ve been leading a healthy life since then,” Griffin says in the public service announcement. “I’ve learned the best defense can sometimes be a good offense. That’s why I’m urging you to get your flu vaccination.”

According to ODH, a typical flu season runs through mid-March and H1N1 is still the main type of flu circulating around the Buckeye state.

Griffin played halfback at Ohio State from 1972-75. He is the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice.

As a freshman he set a school single-game rushing record of 239 yards in the second game of the 1972 season, breaking a team record that had stood for 27 seasons. He broke his own record with 246 rushing yards in a game as a sophomore.

Over his four-year collegiate career, Griffin rushed for at least 100 yards in 34 games, including an NCAA record 31 consecutive games.

He went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976-82.

The 30-second PSA can be viewed online at: