McLane Stadium won’t be the only thing to debut at the Baylor Bears football season opener on Aug. 31. A new bronze statue of former Bears quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will also be officially dedicates on that date.
Griffin’s senior season at Baylor in 2011 was nothing short of sensational and earned him the Heisman Trophy along with a number of other individual honors. His senior season, RG3 passed for 4,273 yards and competed 72 percent of his passes, including 37 for touchdowns. He threw only six interceptions that season. He also ran for 699 yards, averaging nearly four yards per carry.
The year before Griffin arrived at Baylor, the Bears won three of 12 games and were 0-8 against conference opponents. With RG3 at quarterback, the Bears gradually improved every season, and in 2011 they finished with a 10-3 record overall and were 6-3 in the Big 12.
RG3 followed head coach Art Briles to Baylor in 2008. Briles had recruited Griffin to Houston when he was the head coach there, but when he left to take over the same job at Baylor, RG3 decommitted to Houston and went to Baylor. Griffin was the first of a trio of Baylor quarterbacks that have been among the best signal callers in a league loaded with outstanding quarterback play.
The 9 1/2-foot bronze sculpture of the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner was done by Midland, Texas-native Tom White. It will be situated in the South end plaza of new $260 million McLane Stadium, which will also debut on Aug. 31, when the Bears open the 2014 season against SMU.