Two-time Pro-Bowler Michael Griffin’s stellar professional football career spanned 10 seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and the Carolina Panthers. Since retiring in 2018, Griffin’s focus has shifted to entrepreneurship, opening up a subsidiary bakery under the Gigi’s Cupcakes franchise outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas with his life-long friends, fellow NFL standout Brian Orakpo and college classmate Bryan Hynson.
Griffin’s dynamic football career can be traced back to his early days as a star athlete at Bowie High School, where he was a two-year starter at running back and also started at defensive back as a senior. He earned numerous accolades at Bowie including honorable mention All-State Class 5A honors on offense and was named Academic All-District and All-Central Texas as a two-way performer in the same year. Griffin also received the District 25-5A Offensive MVP and earned All-District honors as a junior. In addition to football, in high school Griffin also earned two letters in basketball as a guard and forward, and three in track & field, competing in the sprints and mile relays. He also qualified for the Regional track and field meet. Regarded as a four-star recruit, Griffin was the 9th-ranked cornerback recruit in the nation and the 60th player overall in his 2003 class.3
Griffin joined the Longhorns at the University of Texas in 2003 as a true freshman. His college career began strong making a remarkable eight blocked kicks that set a school career record and ranked second in NCAA Division 1-A history. As a senior in 2006, Griffin earned second-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 accolades. Griffin was an honors student in college majoring in youth and community studies before getting drafted as the 19th pick overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Titans. He later received his degree from the University of Texas’ College of Education in May 2017.
Griffin had an incredible 9 seasons with the Tennessee Titans where he made two Pro-Bowls, was a Second-Team All-Pro, and was noted as the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles by a safety with 912. Griffin briefly played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers before retiring on May 6, 2018, when he signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
Griffin’s magnetic dexterity has served him well throughout the years as a football player, entrepreneur, and most recently the star of a hit Microsoft commercial with his friend and former Titan teammate Brian Orakpo. Griffin resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Shantel and their three children.
Brian Orakpo, Michael Griffin, and Bryan Hynson first met as students at the University of Texas at Austin and have been a close dynamic trio ever since. Following dominant college football careers, Orakpo and Griffin were both drafted into the NFL and Hynson went on to focus on his career in business and sales. Brian Orakpo had impressive career in the NFL as a four-time Pro-Bowler with 10 seasons under his belt, including All Pro years with the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans. Michael Griffin’s stellar career in the NFL also spanned 10 seasons, including his seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and the Carolina Panthers. The trio joined forces as business partners after Orakpo and Griffin both retired from the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee is where they all first became familiar with Nashville-based Gigi’s Cupcakes, and were hooked on the product from their very first taste. Together, they bought their own franchise in Bee Cave, Texas down the street from where they all first met. From there, their cupcake business was born and has evolved into a brand that has seen a great deal of early success, which was supercharged by a national Microsoft Surface campaign that made their story national news. The three friends all reside in Austin, Texas with their families.