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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.

 

 

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Comments

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

"There can’t be many former winners who were pursuing their master’s when they accepted the award."

Since most of them were red-shirt freshmen and consequently were 5th year college students when most got the award, most of them SHOULD have been pursuing their masters when they accepted the award!



Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

KcHusker...FYI, some people live in the past too.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Congrats to RGIII.  Well deserved.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

st1ckman   Yes you are correct the SEC has been GIVEN not EARNED a National Championship at least you understand. Thanks to the BCS we will never know if the SEC. much less the winner of the game is the best, due to this rematch. Get over yourself, you act as though the SEC is light years ahead of everbody else. I have watched every NC game and most of the last 5 could have gone either way. Hell Texas with a 1st time starter were going to drive for the game winning TD if they didn't have a fumble returned.

I will tell you what it is to be light years better. Nebraska has won 4 national championships facing a mighty SEC opponenet and went 4-0 by a combined score of 159-59,so I guess I should be asking the SEC to STEP IT UP!  By the way Nebraska is 19-6-1 all time versus the mighty SEC....just FYI



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

It is very possible that RGIII did indeed outperform luck this year, I haven't looked into it deeply enough to come to a conclusion either way...


...but the fact that some voters were influenced AT ALL by the fact that RGIII's last game took place at a later date than Luck's is absolutely mind-boggling. What are these people, 8-year olds?



Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Congrats Robert Griffin III.  A very well deserved award for an outstanding athlete and gentleman!  You are a fine example of what young people today need to aspire to be.  Congratulations from a KSU Wildcat fan!



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

The Heisman voters apparently thought Bama was a joke too.  Congrats to RG3!



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

On behalf of common sense longhorns, sic em RG3!



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Looks like your  Redskin fan, what the heck do you know what a good NFL QB is?????? Sonny Jergenson or Billy Kilmer....RG3 beats any QB you have on your team NOW!



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Baylor is a Baptist university.  Southern Methodist is the Methodist school in Texas.  Congratulations to Robert Griffin III.  All the best in the upcoming bowl game. 


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