Rich Griffith
No. 85
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1969-07-31) July 31, 1969 (age 53)
Batesville, Arkansas
Career information
High school:Tucson (AZ) Catalina
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:296
Player stats at

Richard Pope Griffith[1] is a former professional American football player who played tight end for seven seasons for the New England Patriots[2] and the Jacksonville Jaguars.[3]

College career

Griffith was a four-year starter for the University of Arizona Wildcats. He caught 26 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns in his college career. He was named to the All-Pac-10 team following his senior year.[4]

Professional football

New England Patriots

Griffith was selected by New England in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Griffith signed with the Jaguars in January 1995 as a veteran free agent and was a member of the Jaguars inaugural team. He retired from football in 2001.[5] His primary job as a member of the Jaguars was that of a long snapper.

Personal life

Following his NFL career, Griffith took a position as the Northeast Florida area director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is currently the Woodmen Heights Campus Pastor at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


  1. ^ "Rich Griffith". Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  2. ^ "New England Patriots Alumni: Alumni Bios". Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "History and 2007 Review" (PDF). Jacksonville Jaguars 2008 Media Guide. Retrieved March 11, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Rich Griffith". Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rich Griffith retires from NFL - 2001-04-05". Archived from the original on June 25, 2005.