We have 22 days to go in our countdown to kickoff, and for many Oklahoma Sooners, the number 22 holds a special place in our hearts and memories. His name is Quentin Griffin, but around here we know him as “Q”.
From ‘99 to ’02, he was a man among men, but if you had never watched him play you weren’t expecting it. What the 5’7” tailback lacked in stature he made up for in heart. It was his motor, his will, his tenacity that separated him on the field. His style was not necessarily to outrun his defender, but to outsmart him.
Those who had the pleasure of watching the Houston native perform on the field remember him sprinting down sidelines, putting his hand in the ground to keep himself up, and spinning out of would-be tackles as he found his way into the end zone time and time again.
The BCS National Championship run in 2000 was full of magical moments, undoubtedly. One of those shining moments came against Texas in the annual rivalry game played at the historic Cotton Bowl. Aside from the game being an utter annihilation on the scoreboard with the Sooners dominating the Longhorns 63-14, Griffin rushed for an Oklahoma record 6 touchdowns on the afternoon. Enjoy the highlights from that glorious day below.
Overall, Q’s legacy as a Sooner is one of greatness and admiration. On the field, his 5,275 career all-purpose yards and 44 career touchdowns are tremendous accomplishments, but it was who Quentin Griffin was off the field that made him somebody we can all be inspired by.
In May of 2017, Quentin Griffin finally finished what he started as a student of the University of Oklahoma. Along with several other former players, Griffin graduated from OU, forever becoming a Sooner alumni. It’s a testament to his upstanding character and his commitment to long-term greatness.