Posted by Tom Fornelli
Robert Griffin is a name that many college football fans have become familiar with this season, especially after Baylor's win over Oklahoma on Saturday night, as his performance has launched him to the top of a lot of people's Heisman lists. While that game may wind up being one of the most memorable moments of Baylor and Griffin's season, no doubt clinching his trip to New York, Griffin continues to keep his mind on what's in front of him.
And what may be somewhat surprising is that Griffin says Baylor's win over Oklahoma wasn't even the greatest win of his career.
"I think it's the greatest football game I've ever been a part of," Griffin said during a teleconference on Monday. "Collectively, offense, defense, and just the way it ended. But the best moment I've had since I've been here probably was last year when we beat Kansas State to get bowl eligible.
"It was more than about just this team. It was about all the guys who had come through and didn't get to experience the bowl game and to get that burden off of Baylor Nation."
Griffin was referring to Baylor's 45-42 win over Kansas State in 2010, in which he passed for 404 and 4 touchdowns to help the Bears clinch their first bowl game since 1994, when the school was still part of the Southwest Conference.
The Bears have already clinched a second straight bowl appearance in 2011, and it's hard not to wonder if RG3 will be around to make it three in a row next season. Griffin also talked about his future at Baylor, as he still has one season of eligibility remaining following this one. As you'd expect, he's still not entirely sure what his plans are just yet.
"It's something that I have to decide with coach [Art] Briles, my family and anybody else out there that I feel close to," he said. "I don't want it to be about money or draft status or anything, if it's time for me to go then it's time for me to go. If I come back it won't be because I'm not a high enough draft pick, it'll be because God told me this is where I need to be, and I'm definitely proud to be part of what's going on here at Baylor."
And, of course, we'd be remiss if we hadn't asked Griffin about what was going through his mind during that play on Saturday night. You know the one.
"It was crazy," said Griffin. "In that situation a lot of times as a quarterback when you see balls get tipped, a lot of times they get intercepted. So when I saw the ball get tipped or bounce off a players helmet, my heart sunk a little bit, but as I continued to watch and saw Kendall [Wright] running with his hands out I was truly amazed. Because things like that don't happen. To have a ball go off a helmet, fly 20 yards and hit a receiver in stride and him to run for a 87-yard touchdown is incredible.
"I don't think that'll happen again in my career, or in football in general, but I'm glad we were a part of it that night."