Baylor will unveil Robert Griffin III statue outside new stadium for season opener

Sam Cooper
Baylor will unveil Robert Griffin III statue outside new stadium for season opener

Baylor will honor one of best players to ever wear a Bears uniform when its new stadium opens in late August.

According to Fox Sports Southwest, a 9.5-foot statue of the program’s only Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, will be “installed in the south end zone plaza” of brand new McLane Stadium, which is approaching completion. The status is scheduled to be installed the week of Baylor’s home opener and McLane Stadium debut against SMU on August 31. 

The statue was made by sculptor Tom White, who flew to Washington D.C. to take photos of Griffin -- the current starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins -- wearing his old Baylor uniform. After Griffin selected his favorite photos from the session, White then “submitted several options to Baylor officials.”

School officials then made the final decision and the pose of the statue will not be revealed until the unveiling.

“We’d like to keep all photos of it private and anything to describe the pose so there’s some surprise at the unveiling,” White’s wife, Marcey, told Fox Sports. “It’s gonna be awesome. It’s a great tribute to him and all his wonderful accomplishments.”

Griffin, who set or tied 54 school records, made the trip to the White’s studio in Arizona in May to see the finished product.

In 41 career games played for the Bears, Griffin threw for 10,366 yards and 78 touchdowns while also running for 2,254 yards and 33 additional touchdowns. He was instrumental in rebuilding the Baylor program in his three full years as a starter in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He played just three games in 2010 due to a knee injury.

In his redshirt junior season, Griffin won the Heisman and helped the Bears reach the 10-win plateau for the first time since 1980 and to the program’s first bowl win since 1986.

After forgoing his final season of eligibility, Griffin was the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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