WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III’s iconic presence still looms large within the pantheon of Baylor University’s football history.
The only Heisman Trophy winner in program history, Griffin is set to take on a more physical presence at the school, even as he helms the Washington Redskins offense – he’s getting a statue built in his honor, to stand in front of McLane Stadium, set to open this fall.
According to David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest, the 9.5-foot bronze sculpture of Griffin will be installed in the south end zone plaza of Baylor’s new stadium ahead of the team’s season-opener against Southern Methodist University on Sunday, Aug. 31.
Behind the statue, panels and photos celebrating will illustrate his successes, of which there were many, while at Baylor.
Through four seasons as a Bear (he only played 3 games in 2009), Griffin completed 800 passes (67%) for 10,366 yards and 78 touchdowns, and only 17 interceptions, enough for a 158.9 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 2,254 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Griffin should have plenty of time to attend Baylor’s season-opener.
His Redskins will have 10 days between their preseason finale in Tampa on Thursday, Aug. 28 and their 2014 regular season-opener in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 7.
The sculpture, Ubben reports, was crafted by Tom White of Tom White Studios in Prescott Valley, Ariz., to which Griffin and his wife traveled for a final sitting in May.
Maybe Griffin can hurdle the statue.