American Football Database
Dean Griffing
Personal information
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
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Dean Griffing (born May 17, 1915 in St. George, Kansas), was a former offensive lineman, coach, and general manager. He played as a centre a center and linebacker for the University of Kansas in 1936.[1][2] for the Regina Roughriders from 1936–1943, for Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers in 1944, and the Calgary Stampeders from 1945–1947; 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 1960-61, 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 George Halas and the Chicago Bears.[2]

Griffing died in 1998 in Sarasota, Florida.[2][5]