Former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl champion Brian Griese was named a Monday Night Football analyst in August 2020. His ascension to the MNF booth followed 11 seasons as a leading voice on college football, where he called marquee games on ABC and ESPN since 2009. Griese previously called ESPN’s MNF doubleheader game in 2019 – with his current MNF booth mates Steve Levy and Louis Riddick, and 2018 with Beth Mowins. He also called Denver Broncos’ preseason games on TV (2018-19 with Levy) and radio (2010-12).
Since 2016, Griese teamed with Levy, field analyst Todd McShay and, more recently, reporter Molly McGrath to analyze some of the most prominent college football games on ESPN and ABC. He also called a New Year’s Six Bowl on television each year as well as a College Football Playoff game on ESPN Radio most years.
Drafted by the Broncos in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, Griese’s NFL career spanned 11 years from 1998-2009. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and ended his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Griese was an AFC Pro Bowl selection with the Broncos in 2000, the same season he won the NFL passing title with a QB rating of 102.9. He holds the single-season passer rating record in Tampa Bay and previously held the same record in Denver. Griese’s 11-year playing career concluded in 2008 with a winning record, 119 touchdown passes and nearly 20,000 passing yards. He earned a Super Bowl ring with Denver when the Broncos won Super Bowl XXXIII.
Griese and his father, Bob Griese, are the only father/son quarterback combination in NFL history to both win Super Bowl titles. The elder Griese, a Hall of Fame quarterback, won back-to-back titles with Miami in Super Bowls VII and VIII and later served as a top college football analyst for ABC Sports from 1987-2005.
Griese played quarterback for the University of Michigan, and helped lead the Wolverines in his senior season to an undefeated record and a share of the national championship. He was selected as the MVP of the Rose Bowl, passing for 251 years and three touchdowns in the win over Washington State.
Outside of football, Griese has created a legacy around his humanitarian efforts. He is founder and board chair of Judi’s House, a children’s grief support center in Denver, Colo., named in honor of his mother Judi, who died of breast cancer when he was 12. Since 2002, Judi’s House has helped more than 11,000 youth and caregivers who are grieving a death find connection and healing.
Griese has been recognized for this efforts with Judi’s House, including receiving multiple awards. In consecutive years, Griese received the Big Ten’s Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award (2015) and the conference’s Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award (2014), becoming the first to be honored with the Big Ten’s annual alumni awards. Also, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation presented Griese with the 2011 Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, an award that celebrates and promotes the selfless service of people in sports.
Griese also co-authored the book Undefeated with his father, chronicling their lives through undefeated seasons and Judi’s journey with breast cancer.
A native of Miami, Fla., Griese graduated from Michigan in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.