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Chris Griesen

Biography

Position: Quarterbacks

From Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Coach Chris Griesen brings a wealth of knowledge to Football University at the QB Position.

He played professionally the National Football League (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys and current coach for West De Pere High School. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He also was a member of the Rhein Fire, Green Bay Blizzard, Dallas Desperados, Georgia Force, Florida Tuskers, Milwaukee Iron, and Virginia Destroyers. He played college football at Northwest Missouri State University.

Greisen attended Sturgeon Bay High School. As a senior, he suffered a knee injury that impacted his college scholarship offers. He accepted a football scholarship from Division II Northwest Missouri State University.

As a freshman in 1995, he posted 13-of-31 completions for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns. As a sophomore in 1996, he made 15-of-28 completions for 284 yards and one touchdown.

As a junior in 1997, he became a starter, tallying 155-of-272 completions for 2,456 yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions and one rushing touchdown.

As a senior in 1998, he recorded 200-of-332 completions for 2,937 yards, 25 passing touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdowns. He also led the Bearcats to a 15–0 mark and their first ever NCAA Division II Football Championship.

He compiled a career 27-1 winning record, graduated with 9 school passing records, including being first on the All-time list for single-season touchdowns (25) and passing yards (2,937). He earned Academic All-MIAA honors as a sophomore, while taking MIAA Player of the Year honors in 1998.

In 2007, he was inducted into the Northwest Missouri State M-Club Hall of Fame.  In 2012, he was inducted into the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame.

He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played for the Cardinals for 3 years before signing with the Wasington Redskins. He then went on to have a prolific career in the Arena League and UFL, where he passed for over 350 TD's and over 17,000 yards. Some of his career accolades include:

  • Division II national champion (1998)
  • MIAA Offensive P.O.Y. (1998)
  • Division II All-American (1998)
  • 2× First-team All-MIAA (1997, 1998)
  • First-team All-Arena (2007, 2010)
  • AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
  • 2× AFL passing yards leader (2008, 2010)
  • UFL champion (2011)

After retiring from professional football, Greisen became active in the local prep football coaching scene in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, serving as an assistant coach for Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay Southwest High School and Freedom High School before accepting his first head coaching position, at West De Pere High School, in April 2020.

PLAYING CAREER

  • Arizona Cardinals (1999–2001)
  • Washington Redskins (2002)*
  • Rhein Fire (2003)
  • Green Bay Blizzard (2004)
  • Dallas Desperados (2005–2006)
  • Georgia Force (2007–2008)
  • Florida Tuskers (2009–2010)
  • Milwaukee Iron (2010)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2010)
  • Virginia Destroyers (2011–2012)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2011)

 

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