By Anthony Caruso III
New York City, New York — Robert Griffin III has made history in the Big Apple.
Griffin, who was wearing Superman socks with a cape on it and said they were his lucky socks, became the first Baylor Bears college football player to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award. He is the 77th winner of this legendary award.
He was presented the award by Carol Pisano of the Heisman Trophy Trust. The Heisman Trophy Trust annually presents the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award for the Most Outstanding College Football Player each year.
“This is unbelievably believable,” Griffin said. “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.”
“Everybody associated with Baylor has a reason to celebrate (last night),” Griffin said.
The last member of a Texas school to win a Heisman trophy was Ricky Williams in 1998 with the Texas Longhorns. Prior to that, Earl Campbell in 1977 was the last. John David Crow is the only other Texas-related school to win the Heisman Trophy when he won the award in 1957 at Texas A&M.
“It seemed like the script was written perfectly for us to go out and win this award,” Griffin said.
Griffin completed 267 of his 369 passes for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns, including only 6 interceptions. In addition, he has rushed for 644 yards on 161 carries with 9 rushing touchdowns. He also had a catch for 15 yards.
He leads the nation with a 192.3 passing efficiency rating, which depending on his final bowl game against the Washington Huskies on December 28th, would break a single-season record in FBS history. He is also the Baylor career leader in many offensive categories by a quarterback.
“Our offense is quarterback friendly without a doubt,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said. “We knew Robert was a complete fit for what we were looking for out of the quarterback position.”
Andrew Luck, the lone representative from last year’s finalists, finished in second place. He finished 280 votes behind Griffin in the final tally, as he received 1,407 points.
“It was so well-deserved by Robert Griffin,” Luck said. “It was very hard to be upset.”
It is the second straight year that Luck finished second in the voting. He finished second to Newton last year.
Luck is the first player to finish in second place in back-to-back years since Colt McCoy. McCoy finished in second place in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009.
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