Bob "Bogie" Griffith

Bob "Bogie" Griffith

A natural-born leader and a gifted all-around athlete, he was co-captain of the last Coaldale High School football team in the 1963 season and co-captain of his Moravian University football team in the 1967 season.

At both Coaldale High and Division III Moravian he was a tough, agile, intelligent, and mobile Tackle.

While at Moravian, he lettered all four years and was named to the All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) team twice. He was also honored as the ECAC Player of the Week during both his sophomore and junior years.

In one game that Moravian played against Wagner College from Staten Island, NY, Bogie was matched up against Little All-American Tight End Richie Kotite, who later played with the New York Giants and then became head coach of both the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles. Following the game, Kotite shook Bogie's hand and said "You are the toughest guy I've ever played against during my four years of college."

During the two seasons that he was a starting offensive and defensive Tackle for the Tigers, his teams compiled a combined record of 21 wins and 2 losses.

On the field, he was a key figure in the Tigers' success. When you view the game films from those two seasons, you will see that he never—never—was pushed backwards from the line of scrimmage whether he was playing on offense or defense. In the final game of the Tigers' undefeated, untied season of 1962, versus Lansford, he recovered a critical Panther fumble to help stop a Panther rally late in the close, hard-fought 14-7 Tiger victory.

Off the field and in the locker room, he was a key ingredient to the team chemistry that ensured that magnificent s11-0 eason and the 10-2 season that followed. His unique sense of humor was contagious and unparalleled and was effectively instrumental in keeping his teammates loose and relaxed during the pressure-filled atmosphere of a football season.

Bogie also displayed his agility while playing basketball for several years for the Tigers. He also was the starting pitcher on opening day for the "Colts" in Coaldale's first-ever official Little League in 1958. During that inaugural little league season, he batted a respectable .330, and, as a flame-throwing pitcher, he struck out 61 batters in 37 innings, which averages to 1.6 strike-outs per inning.

He also served one year as an assistant football coach at Dieruff High School for the legendary "Jeep" Bednarik.