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Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:56 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 10:01 pm

NEW YORK -- The humble son of two retired Army sergeants now becomes a name for the ages.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III became the 77th winner of the Heisman Trophy here beating out two-time finalist Andrew Luck of Stanford. Alabama's Trent Richardson was third.

The redshirt junior caught the nation’s attention with his accurate arm, incredible moves and scholastic achievements. In other words, what the Heisman should be about. Griffin threw for almost 4,000 yards and accounting for 45 touchdowns for an equally humble Baptist school in central Texas.

His win helps Baylor elevate itself from a low point that included a player’s murder eight years ago. Twice in the last 18 months, the program faced an uncertain future with the possible breakup of the Big 12.

But Griffin changed all that. He has been compared to everyone from Michael Vick to Vince Young to any role model you can imagine. If he doesn’t declare for the NFL next month, Griffin will apply for Baylor Law School. There can’t be many former winners who were pursuing their master’s when they accepted the award.

Griffin had two signature Heisman moments this season. On Nov. 19 he threw the game-winning touchdown pass against Oklahoma with eight seconds left. A week ago, he threw for two scores and ran for two more in a blowout win over Texas. In terms of Heisman voting, that was the clincher. Luck and Richardson had completed their seasons.

Actually, there was a third Heisman moment. Griffin outdid himself as a wearer of outrageous socks. He pulled up his pant leg at the ceremony to reveal he was wearing Superman socks – complete with cape. He is the first Heisman winner to play his high school football in Texas since BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990. That's also the last year a player won it from a private parochial school.

Luck and Richardson were thought to be the leaders late into November. But Griffin overtook them winning comfortably by 280 points over Luck (1,687-1,407). For those on the Richardson bandwagon, he didn't even carry his own region. Griffin won even that region 303-256 over the Alabama tailback. 

Griffin was born in Japan, the son of Army lifers Robert Sr. and Jacqueline Griffin. Enrolled at Baylor at age 17, he was a Big 12 400-meter hurdles champion in track before he took a snap. When he did, he became the youngest starting quarterback in FBS in 2008.

Coach Art Briles saw something that others didn’t. Other schools projected him either as a track star or something other than a quarterback.

But that was at Houston where Griffin originally committed. When Briles got the job at Baylor, Griffin followed like a loyal puppy.

“A big part of the decision was I wanted to go where I could play early,” he said. “Not that I thought I was better than anyone else, I just didn’t feel like it would be good to sit behind somebody for two years then play.”

In the third game of the 2009 season he tore his ACL. In 2010, he was back throwing for 3,500 yards. This season he threw for almost 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was more accurate than Luck, more exciting than Richardson. If his pass efficiency numbers hold up through the bowl game, Griffin will complete, statistically, the best season in NCAA history.

RGIII also became the third player in FBS history to throw for 10,000 yards and 2,000 yards rushing.



Category: NCAAF

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:36 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Congratulations!  You deserved this, young man.  What a nice combination of talent and humility.  Refreshing.  By the way RG III, I think you should stay in Texas and lead my Cowboys back to prominence.  Just sayin'.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:34 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

From the clips of him and his stats, he deserved it. Richardson, that BOI, HOU QB's then Luck, then Mathieu. that's it. this guy is the only one capable of top notch caliber NFL ball.... Luck, eh, not so much... I've seen Heath Shuler and Rick Mirer before.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:25 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Overblown?? Hardly,   when a school  essentially can get one more ENTIRE recruiting class within a 4 or 5 year period  is a great advantage.  And it DOES happen very OFTEN as well --10 of the twelve conference members have averaged over 25  signees a year and only two teams have NOT signed 30 or MORE in one year in the  last DECADE.  Since the BIG TEN is far and away better academically --only Vandy comes close- your comment "nasty conference" is a weak attempt to cover up the fact  the SEC  is the MOST NCAA penalized conference since 1987 AND has the proud label of the ONLY THREE TIME offender --BAMA-- and two TWO time offenders ; MissST and Texas AM as well.   Now go back and watch billy bob go around circles for 300 miles.... idiot. 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:10 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

  Congrats to RGIII!  I just wish they could make the show a bit more interesting.  It's like watching the Masters, and I love the Masters, but having just the Butler cabin.   Just a bit stuffy for me.  Maybe a hot chick or something?

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:01 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Excellent comment, HookemHornsNJ. I'm an SEC fan, obviously, and I've been pulling for Griffin all year. The kid is an amazing athlete, a fierce competitor, and a highly intelligent, well-spoken, humble young man. The fact that voters stepped outside the box and actually presented the award to the most deserving player for once helps restore my interest in the Heisman. Robert Griffin lll will be a difference-maker in whatever he chooses to pursue in life. Congratulations, RG3! The best man won today!

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:00 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Robert Griffin III gets the Heisman and something in College Football went correct.  I was sure Luck would get it but not based on who is better.  The BCS has been stinking up the place for a few years now and it looks like the Heisman voting is going the other direction.  Good for us as fans and good for RGIII, congrats!  Now go to the NFL, they need you.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:43 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

There isnt another football player in college football that deserves the Heisman Trophy more than Robert Griffin III. Congratulations Robert Griffin III. Way to go, bringing the Heisman to Baylor University and the Big 12 conference. Good luck to BU in their upcoming bowl game and best of luck to Robert Griffin III in the coming years in the NFL.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:24 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

KcHusker, if LSU wins, then the trophy was given to them? Are you drunk? Hell, what difference does it make anyway. If I were a Cornholers fan I'd be drunk...stoned...shootin' dope...whatever, because you guys haven't been relevant since Clinton's first term. By the way, since you're so thoroughly enwrapped in living as a has-been, Nebraska hasn't beaten an SEC team in (ahem) 11 years. Chew on that, hayseed.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:12 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

RACISTS  , The Only Reason he Won Is Because He Is Black !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:10 pm

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Whutevah the only joke around is you.

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