Robert Griffin III gets a statue at his alma mater

AP

Robert Griffin III traveled from Washington to Waco this weekend to see himself immortalized at the age of 24.

Griffin was back at the campus of Baylor, the school where he won the Heisman Trophy and where a new football stadium has opened that features a bronze statue of Griffin outside.

“It’s amazing. You don’t dream about that kind of stuff,” Griffin told the Waco Tribune. “There’s a Statue of Liberty and all those other statues, but you don’t ever dream of having a statue honored in your name. That’s a blessing. It comes from God, and I don’t look at it as anyone putting me on a pedestal. I look at it as I know where my blessings come from, and they’re using me in a way to help other people. Not just to say, ‘he’s a great football player.’ I hope they say, ‘he’s a great man’ as well.”

Baylor President Ken Starr talked about Griffin in glowing terms, saying he hopes people will visit Waco to see Griffin’s statue just as they visit Washington to see the Lincoln Memorial and visit New York City to see the Statue of Liberty.

Griffin’s disappointing second season in the NFL has led to many questions about whether he can ever live up to the promise he showed as a rookie. But at Baylor, he’s still an idol.

116 responses to “Robert Griffin III gets a statue at his alma mater

  1. “He hopes people visit Waco to see Griffin’s statue just as they visit Washington to see the Lincoln Memorial and visit New York City to see the Statue of Liberty.” ……..you’re just fkn with me right?

  2. Is he comparing his statue to the Statue of Liberty!? Is he really stating the statue came from God!? Can he really believe people think he is a “great” football player!?

    Dang that’s three strikes dude.

  3. He won’t get a statue for what he has accomplished in the NFL so far..

    I don’t even think he is the best QB on the REDSKINS, did I say REDSKINS, shame on me for saying REDSKINS three times…

  4. He’s a bust, blah, blah ,blah. Based on what? A second year QB with a bad knee? You can’t be serious. lol Better check Brady’s stats the year after an ACL. No NFL QB to my knowledge has performed well the next season after an ACL. That being said if he turns out just to be a mediocre pocket passer turn him loose and let the chips fall where they may. His first season was exceptional by any measure.

  5. A statue to go with the logo… How cute.
    Now, if he can become a legit NFL quarterback, he’ll be on to something.

    I wonder how much that statue cost him? I’m thinking of having one done.

  6. dynamitelarry says:
    Aug 31, 2014 8:44 PM
    Wow, like his head needs to get any bigger.
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    It does need to get bigger. It has to accommodate all those teeth.

  7. You can spot the morons by their posting of “haters” and the clichéd use of that idiotic term.
    The vaingloriousness of this statue speaks for itself. RG III, to my knowledge, didn’t plan it or suggest it. That said, some attempt at humility would have helped. Instead, an overrated athlete plays the role to perfection and Americans just continue to worship these simpletons because they are too stupid to have standards for people.

  8. “He hopes people visit Waco to see Griffin’s statue just as they visit Washington to see the Lincoln Memorial and visit New York City to see the Statue of Liberty.”

    Please tell me this isn’t true.

  9. Visiting this is on my bucket list…right next to a night with Kate Beckinsdale…eating lunch with Superman and buying a Michael Sam jersey.

  10. RGIII, another in a long list of young people today who are legends in their own mind while having accomplished nothing in the NFL. How about more subway commercials….what a joke. This guy is about to get crushed again. I knew how to slide at 8!

  11. Did they engrave his personal logo that a team of artists from Adidas designed as a “gift” to the fans?

  12. Remember when statues were erected to honor significant historic accomplishments? This is absurd. Sure, he had a good couple seasons but it is hardly worthy of a statue. His head is somehow going to get bigger. Stand back, it is liable to explode

  13. I’ve never seen a player receive more scrutiny than this kid.. every time he’s mentioned you see the same type of generic hate responses..

    bunch of spineless contributors in here.

  14. As a young boy, I use to sneak into Celtic’s practices at Babson College to watch Bill Russell, who has more championship rings than fingers to wear them. He won eleven NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, the last one as player-coach. He won an Olympic gold medal and was elected to the NBA HOF. A man of high intelligence and character, he achieved his greatness despite living in a racist city, country and society. He retired as a player after the 1969 season and the city (and team), to their collective shame, did not erect a statue in his honor until 2013. Given that shame, I am loathe to say any community is premature in erecting a statue in an athlete’s honor but that’s my gut with the RG III statue.

  15. If this is the standard, then almost every QB in the NFL should have their statue put up at their college or university, starting with 5 other QBs in the NFC East

  16. crippled4life says:
    Aug 31, 2014 8:40 PM
    Big deal. What about having a statue of our troops, those guys are the real heros.

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    For blindly fighting for the U.S. government’s fake war propaganda? They should be fighting against their own corrupt government and the militiarized people at home if it was about protecting and serving, not terrorizing other countries’ poor people for corporate interests. They give the illusion that they’re protecting a people, who lives in a police state country that has the most weapon arsenal in the world and will shoot and drop drones on their own citizens in a second if they pose a economic and political threat to the CIA, FBI, and U.S. government.

  17. “Look upon my works ye mighty and despair…”.

    This is like some cosmic joke. It’s one egotistical stunt after another with this cat. smh

    RGIII is the ONLY player in the entire National Football League that I have ever actively wished to be a complete failure.

    There is something about this dude that makes me dislike him passionately. I anxiously await the day he leaves the field for good.

  18. Way too early for this to happen, it will only serve to swell his head and he doesn’t need any more of that. He was treated as the second coming when he hit Washington and certainly didn’t live up to that.

  19. @crippled4life your right about that but imagine they’ll be no place to put them because they’ll be so many

  20. “It’s amazing. You don’t dream about that kind of stuff,” Griffin told the Waco Tribune. “There’s a Statue of Liberty and all those other statues, but you don’t ever dream of having a statue honored in your name. That’s a blessing. It comes from God, and I don’t look at it as anyone putting me on a pedestal. I look at it as I know where my blessings come from, and they’re using me in a way to help other people. Not just to say, ‘he’s a great football player.’ I hope they say, ‘he’s a great man’ as well.”

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    He then complained that the statue didn’t have his RGIII brand logo.

  21. Other statues? I mean, there’s the statue of David, Easter Island, and the Mona Lisa.

    RGIII

  22. Washington Redskins fans are glad to have Griffin as on the team.
    Bunch of whiny haters on this site, you cry like he stole your lunch money.
    Hail to the Redskins.

  23. Important statues according to Griffin:
    1) Statue of Liberty
    2) All those other statues

    He’s really showing off that great education he got during his time at Baylor.

  24. Drew Breeze can get his own statue at Purdue. Oh wait, he didn’t win the Heisman there. Baylor can honor RG3 any way they want. It has NOTHING to do with his NFL career.

  25. I think Bruce Springteen sums this up nicely:

    “Now I think I’m going down to the well tonight and I’m going to drink till I get my fill
    And I hope when I get old I don’t sit around thinking about it but I probably will
    Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory of, well time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but boring stories of glory days…”

  26. How is it that a player with ONE great season gets a statue. Remove his last season and he is remarkably average. Same is true in the NFL – when he was a gimmick, he was successful – when he was too stupid to learn to slide and when he was running without any thinking, he injured himself – when he was put on the bench, he whined. He used his father to get him back. He whines on social media.

    And he has a losing record as a starter with unimpressive statistics to back it up – when he doesn’t throw an INT, he fumbles.

    Last season he used the excuse of his injury to cover his exposure as a fraud – a player with precious little leadership and real pro QB skills – he could not lead a team to first half touchdowns for most of the season – he was so bad that a coach who had nothing to lose, benched him for someone else.

    And this preseason, without the crutch of his knee injury, he managed to lead his first string offense to zero touchdowns. His play was remarkably similar to last year.

    And he has still not learned to slide.

    Hopefully that statute can be melted down for some other purpose. For 2014 will be the year when even the blind see the fraud that is Ginger Rogers Griffin.

  27. This guy will be doing a commercial with Heath Shuler and the Boz in five years.

    “We’re going back to college!”

    “Take me with you.”

  28. I’m sure the university contacted him about erecting a statue in his image.

    He could have said “I’m very honored to be asked but, no thank you, please use the money for scholarship or equipment.”

    But he didn’t.

  29. Cheap College Recruiting stunt?

    Gotta ask how many zeroes were attached to the donation RG III made to his Alma Mater if nothing else.

    Gotta be pretty disappointed if you’re Mike Singletary too.

    His stellar NFL career at least has some merit worthy of immortalizing one of it’s own.

  30. Lennon, Stalin, Hitler and Saddam Hussein all had statues also.
    The diffrence is that RGKNEE has not done anything so his statue wont be taken down.
    It probably will be wordshipped by reporters that write things like “Joe Bozo Will be playing today for the Baylor Buzzcuts, that is unless ofcourse if he is not.

  31. It’s a shame Baylor has forgotten another great from their family. One who had a great NFL career, Mike Singletary.

  32. I wonder if any graduates of Baylor have been killed or maimed fighting for this country in the military?
    If so, they are the ones who deserve a statue on that campus.

  33. Wow! Opinions are like “well, you no” everyone has one. You guys need a life! RG3 has proven to be a talent to warrant the opportunities he has received. He has made mistakes as most people his age tend to do. He doesn’t deserve the hate. God doesn’t like hate!

  34. not an RGIII fan, but Florida has 3 bronze statues of Heisman trophy winning QBs out in front of their stadium & all 3 were NFL busts.. it’s not that unusual for schools to honor great college players for their college careers.. has zero to do with what he has or will do in the NFL

  35. I just cancelled my vacation to the four seasons at Nevis and booked a trip to Baylor.

    Just think, I’ve seen the Lincoln memorial, Statue of that Broad and now this! I’m so excited!!!!!

  36. The sad reality is that athletes really are put on a pedestal. It has been going on since the first race or boxing match thousands of years ago–and this attitude toward athletes will not end as long as the human race survives. Baylor has the right to erect a stature to RGIII. It is up to the rest of us to join in with the athlete hero-worship–or not. Of course, I’d rather see Robert do well on my Redskins. That certainly doesn’t mean his accomplishments at Baylor need to be forgotten. Obviously, Baylor is doing its best to ensure that doesn’t happen.

  37. If they can erect a statue to a murderer in Baltimore, well then, nothing I see these idiot fans do will surprise me. Just another roost for pigeons.

  38. Look guys, in defense of RGIII,

    He is, you know, a uhm….
    I can honestly say that he…
    In the preseason, he showed some pois….
    I mean, they guy is very humb…
    OK, I got nothin…

    Damn you RGIII! you make it impossible to find one damn thing to defend you with!

  39. I have NO idea why everyone is upset. This is the perfect statue..it really is. It illustrates the perfect mechanics that Robert demonstrates on the field. Legs parallel and not pushing off the back foot. If the statue could throw, you can bet on an under thrown duck.

    The big mystery is how soon a Cowboy fan goes to the drug store and buys a knee brace to slap on the statue when no one is looking…Now that would be a PFT story…

  40. saying he hopes people will visit Waco to see Griffin’s statue just as they visit Washington to see the Lincoln Memorial and visit New York City to see the Statue of Liberty.

    Damn, had my vacation plans narrowed to NY or Wash. DC. Now I have to throw in Waco.

  41. um, would anyone be upset if I asked for a Nick Foles statue to be built? he had an awesome year last year and I think he just might be ok this year too. should I go to Kickstart?

  42. The statue was erected for his college football accomplishments i.e. the Heisman Trophy. The first player from Baylor to win the Heisman. Nothing to do with his accomplishments in the NFL. Don’t confuse the two people….BTW stop the hate people, its so unbecoming of you as a person!

    HTTR

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