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He probably would have broken the record as a senior, but he graduated high school early and enrolled at Baylor, where he continued to excel at track.

During the spring of 2008, Griffin was an All-American in the 400-meter hurdles. He won the Big 12 championship in that event with a time of 49.22 seconds.

He competed in the Olympic trials that year and finished 11th with a time of 49.38.

Griffin on Monday afternoon said he would watch Monday night’s Olympic final of the 400-meter hurdles. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won gold in 47.63.

Griffin competed in only one track meet at Baylor after his first season. He had to change his body shape to withstand the rigors of playing quarterback. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make.

He’s still a huge fan of the sport, though. He gave a shoutout Monday to Sanya Richards-Ross, the American who recently won Olympic gold in the 400 meters. Richards-Ross trains with Clyde Hart, the Baylor director of track and field who also trained sprinter Michael Johnson.

“It’s pretty exciting to watch those races,” Griffin said.