Tyrone McGriff

American football player (1958–2000)

American football player
Tyrone McGriff
No. 61, 68
Personal information
Born:(1958-01-13)January 13, 1958
Vero Beach, Florida, U.S.
Died:December 9, 2000(2000-12-09) (aged 42)
Melbourne, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Vero Beach
College:Florida A&M
NFL draft:1980 / Round: 12 / Pick: 333
Career history
As a player:
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1980–1982)
  • Michigan Panthers (1983–1984)
  • Memphis Showboats (1985)
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
College Football Hall of Fame

Tyrone K. McGriff Sr. (January 13, 1958 – December 9, 2000) was an American football guard who played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Pittsburgh Steelers for three seasons. He then played three seasons in the United States Football League (USFL) and was a member of the 1983 USFL champions as a starting guard for the Michigan Panthers, for whom he also played in 1984 before playing the 1985 season with the Memphis Showboats. He was Mr. Irrelevant, as the last pick (333rd overall) in the 1980 NFL draft. McGriff died in 2000 of a heart attack while employed as director of the Gifford Youth Activity Center in Vero Beach, Florida. McGriff was survived by his two children, April and Tyrone McGriff Jr., and wife, Barbara Rollins McGriff.[1]

Tyrone McGriff played football at Florida A&M University, where he made all-conference and preseason All-American. In 1996, McGriff Sr. was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of a large group of previously overlooked players.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Bethune–Cookman Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1993)
1993 Bethune–Cookman 1–1[n 1] 0–1[n 1]
Bethune–Cookman: 1–1 0–1
Total: 1–1


  1. ^ a b Sylvester Collins served as head coach before he was suspended after the first nine games of the 1993 season. McGriff replaced Collins as acting head coach for the final two games. Bethune–Cookman finished 1–10 overall and 0–6 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.


  1. ^ Ex-famu Star Mcgriff Dies

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Bethune–Cookman Wildcats head football coaches

# denotes interim head coach

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1978 Florida A&M Rattlers football—NCAA Division I-AA national champions
  • Vince Coleman
  • Tyrone McGriff
  • Assistant coaches: Fred Goldsmith
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Pittsburgh Steelers 1980 NFL draft selections
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Mr. Irrelevant selections

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