Years at Loras: 1991-1995
Sport: Football and Track & Field
There was no more successful four-year stretch during the Bob Bierie football era than the 1990-93 seasons. This success, undoubtedly, was due in large part to Kendall Griffin and his role as a wide receiver and return man with the Duhawks during that stretch.
Kendall made an All-American career for himself after he arrived on the hilltop from Fenwick High School in suburban Chicago. Until recently, he was the only Duhawk to ever earn Iowa Conference MVP honors.
Griffin remains he Duhawks all-time leader in several categories, including the single season (73) and career receptions (208) marks. He caught 26 career touchdown passes, another Loras record. In terms of yardage, no one has logged more in a single season than Griffin did in 1992 (1,138) and no one logged more in a career than Griffin did from 1990-93 (3,036). He also appears twice in the kickoff and punt return records, making six kickoff return attempts in one game in 1992 and also holds the third longest punt return in school history.
Catching passes from no fewer than three quarterbacks, Griffin modeled his game after his favorite player - Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers - he told The Lorian in 1993. He was a two-time First Team All-IIAC wide receiver, including that MVP pick in his final season. In 1992, he ranked in the top ten in both receptions and yards in NCAA Division III.
He also contributed to the Loras Track & Field team while with the purple and gold.
Griffin earned his degree in Psychology, is a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity, and remains connected to Loras as a member of the National Alumni Board. Today, he continues to work in the education field as an Assistant Principal at Niles West high School. He resides in Forest Park, Illinois with his wife Rhea and daughter Laila.