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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: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

I disagree 100%. luck should have won,but like always the writers and peoples vote that counts opinions suck! luck was clear cut winner.with that said griffin is a good qb, but will not be a good qb in the nfl PERIOD!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Congratualations to a fine, upstanding young man who put up amazing numbers. His conference should not matter. His competition could not slow him down, nor could they stop him. Robert Griffin III deserves all of the accolades which he has achieved by his accomplishments on the field. He is a very deserving and very talented young man. Kudos to Baylor for having their first ever Heisman winner. I can't think of a better end to his career.


Andrew Luck also had a great career as did Trent Richardson, but they each had stronger supporting casts around them than did Mr. Griffin. I think that this season produced a lot of great players who will most assuredly go on to careers in the NFL. As for fans of the top two runners-up , both of your schools should be proud as well that they produced some amazing athletes as well. Andrew Luck might be the first pick in the NFL draft next year and Richardson may well be # 2, so I think that you can still hold your heads high, Stanford and Alabama fans. Same goes for the other top finalists for this award. I think that this has been a year of amazing performances by many of these Heisman hopefuls and maybe we will get to see some more of this next year. Grat job by all of you top contenders and your teams. 



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Heisman voters got it right!  RG3 earned it...congratulations Mr. Griffin and to Baylor University.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

You SEC fans are such crybabies.  Griffin deserved this award and once the grayshirting in the SEC  is finally disallowed , your shortlived reign of the last 5 years  will be over.   But then your conference didnt REALLY  become relevant  until you FINALLY let men of color even play in your league around 35 years ago.  Now arent you special??
Greyshirting, though I disagree with the process, is overblown.  It doesn't happen as often as the perception seems to be, and they stilll get the play under scholarship albeit a semester later.  But it is much better to greyshirt than it is to simply revoke kids sholarships for fake injuries, etc. like the Big-10 does.  That is despicable, but then again so are many Big-10 practices like drug smuggling, tattoo for school merchandise scams, cover ups by coaches, and of course raampant pedophilia.  Nasty conference.



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Great honor for RGIII, Baylor, and Big XII.  Now, for the Heisman to really mean something, there should be an OL or a nose guard in the mix.  I don't believe the best college player should be limited to mostly RB's and QB's. They would not be there without contributions of other team members.



Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Hey husker! we will take a national championship so no problem! SEC is the best conference so quit hating and get better! sour grapes? whats next? we need to give another conference a chance to win one? open your eyes and see the need for the rest of the conferences to just simply STEP UP! BTW the 30th ranked offense is a better rank than any defense rg3 played




Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

The Hesisman Trophy has nothing to do with the NFL. Get your head out of your butt, this young man had a great season. He deserves this honor.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Baylor is the world's largest Baptist university, not Methodist, but that is not important. What is important is that an exceptional young man from a university that does not have a million publicists hyping their selected stiff of the year actually won the award by his play on the field. It is also a pleasure to see the award go to a real student who actually graduated and did not merely attend a few classes in order to stay eligible. 



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

Congratulations Robert, beating Texas and Oklahoma in the same season is a feat unto itself. For the first time in years, I actually paid attention to Baylor football. You were a joy to watch. Good luck in the future, you are among a very elite class.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Robert Griffin III wins the 2011 Heisman

You SEC fans are such crybabies.  Griffin deserved this award and once the grayshirting in the SEC  is finally disallowed , your shortlived reign of the last 5 years  will be over.   But then your conference didnt REALLY  become relevant  until you FINALLY let men of color even play in your league around 35 years ago.  Now arent you special??


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