Former Illini fullback Howard Griffith will be one of the guests on the Big Ten Network's inaugural Big Ten Quad program, which debuts this weekend.
March 10, 2009
Unscripted. Candid. Real. Those words describe the new Big Ten Network series, "The Big Ten Quad," with Eddie George, which debuts at 11 PM ET on Friday, March 13, immediately following the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals. Former Illinois great Howard Griffith is set to join the cast in this first episode.
Griffith was part of two Super Bowl Championship teams and was a major contributor during the Broncos' Super Bowl XXXII win. The panel will also include former Michigan star running back Mike Hart. The school's all-time leading rusher, Hart was a two-time Doak Walker Award finalist and three-time All-Big Ten selection. Former Ohio State All-American, two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jim and 14-year NBA veteran Jim Jackson rounds out the guest list.
In each episode of the eight-week series, George, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back, hosts three Big Ten personalities in an open forum taped in front of a studio audience at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. New episodes will air at 9 PM ET on Mondays, beginning March 23, and will re-air throughout the week.
This season's guests will also include Bret Bielema, Quinn Buckner, Ron Dayne, Pat Fitzgerald, Jeff George, Gene Keady, Desmond Howard, Roy Marble, Michael Redd and many more.
George was the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner as a running back for Ohio State. He was the first-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers and was named the NFL's 1996 Rookie of the Year. George's NFL career lasted eight seasons, including four Pro Bowl selections and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Tennessee Titans. He finished his NFL career in 2004 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He is one of only 30 players in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards. Ohio State retired George's number 27 in 2001.