Last year Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy and was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Panthers.
But Last night, Robert Griffin III, a quarterback for Baylor University, was awarded the 2011 Heisman Trophy. A feat not often accomplished by black college players.
Griffin, lead his school to a 9-3 record completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,998 yards with 36 touchdown passes and a nation-leading 192.3 efficiency rating.
After grabbing 405 first-place votes, Robert Griffin III became the first Baylor University player to win the Heisman Trophy last night.
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“This is unbelievably believable. It’s unbelievable because in the moment we’re all amazed when great things happen. But it’s believable because great things don’t happen without hard work. The great [Baylor] coach Art Briles always says great things only come with great effort. We’ve certainly worked for this. That’s right — everybody associated with Baylor University has a reason to celebrate tonight.”
And the folks at Baylor are certainly happy since this has been their best football season since 1994.
“Griffin had a superhero of a season. He led the No. 16 Bears (9-3) to their most wins in 25 years and their second consecutive bowl game after a 16-year postseason drought. He also brought one of the Big 12’s most downtrodden programs into national prominence. Before RG3, the Bears were at or near the bottom of the Big 12 standings most years and never had a winning record in the league. In one of the greatest seasons in school history, the Bears beat Oklahoma for the first time ever and finished with an emphatic victory over Texas.”
And Robert is more than a good athlete, he’s smart too. He made the honor roll every semester and finished his degree in political science in three years! And if that isn’t sexy enough, he’s getting his master’s degree in communications in the spring and applying to Baylor law school.
The son of two army sergeants (he was born in Japan and moved several places before settling in Texas) said, “If the NFL comes knocking, I’m pretty sure you’re answering that door.”
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