Chris Griffin played Football and Track for Hillsborough High School. On the football team he played Defensive Back and won honors for All-Western Conference and All-County which helped him secure a football scholarship to Florida State University. While he was a Seminole he ended up being a four-year letterman on the football team and a Student Representative to the University Athletics Committee. Griffin graduated 1976, summa cum laude making him number 1 in graduating class.
After football Chris earned his J.D. (Juris Doctorate), summa cum laude, from FSU College of Law in 1978; again graduating number 1 in his class. He is now a Partner and business litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP.
He is also the President of Tampa Chapter of the National Football Foundation (1991); recipient of Tampa class. Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Member of the initial Board of Directors of the Outback Bowl, and served as Bowl Chairman in 1999-2000. Served nine years on the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, from 2002-11; was Chair of that Committee from 2006-11.