Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III or simply RGIII.
A former quarterback of the Washington Redskins, this 2011 Heisman Trophy winner suffered a career altering knee injury during the 2012 NFL Playoffs.
He was sidelined for the remainder of that year’s NFL campaign in order to prevent additional strain on his ailing knee. Unfortunately, RGIII never returned to the promising form he exhibited in 2012 as one of the league’s future stars.
As we look forward to the Heisman Trophy presentation later this month, let’s now look back at this deserving player who won college football’s most coveted prize. Known as RGIII, this Baylor University star is also featured in my book NCAA Football Favorites.
RGIII: 2011 Heisman Trophy Winner
Robert Griffin III utilized an amazing combination of skill, speed and smarts to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy and, less than one year later, become one of the NFL’s brightest new stars.
The 6’2” and 217 lb. Griffin enjoyed the greatest season in Baylor University football history in 2011. During his junior season, RGIII set eight single game records and 26 single season records when he threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdown passes.
His amazing 72.4% passing accuracy and 189.5 overall passing rating proved that this incredibly athletic star was also an extremely bright and skilled quarterback.
In addition, during his 2011 Heisman season, Robert Griffin III ran for another 699 yards and 10 touchdowns. He went on to lead the Baylor Bears to an overall 10 – 3 record, an Alamo Bowl victory over the University of Washington and the school’s highest national ranking in several decades at #15.
Griffin’s incredible speed and athleticism contributed greatly to his success at Baylor, both on the football field and on the track. In 2008, Griffin won the Big 12 Conference 400 meter hurdles and qualified for the 2008 United States Summer Olympic Trials.
After graduating from Baylor, RGIII’s speed was immediately evident on the football field. He clocked the fastest 40-yard dash time ever at 4.41 for a quarterback at the NFL Combine.
What distanced Robert Griffin III from the rest of the pack of other fantastic college athletes was his intelligence. This 2011 Associated Press College Player of the Year and Davey O’Brien Award winner for the nation’s top quarterback possessed not only speed and skill, but lots of smarts too.
RGIII Also Excelled in Classroom at Baylor
RGIII also excelled in the classroom. His high IQ enabled him to quickly solve problems arising out of text books as well as read blind side blitzes from defenses. The number two overall pick by the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft graduated from Baylor with an impressive 3.67 GPA as a Political Science major.
With intelligence, incredible athleticism and a megawatt smile, it’s no surprise that RGIII has quickly hurdled over all would-be competitors to become one of the NFL’s brightest new stars.
May RGIII heal completely from all his injuries and return to the field next year as the player with the Cleveland Browns thatNFL fans grew to love for his exciting play during an outstanding rookie year in 2012.
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