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When Griffin walked out of the room after his news conference, he was greeted in the hallway by an embrace from school president Ken Starr, who expressed how proud he was of the quarterback.
“He is priceless. He’s just matchless in terms of the combination of goodness of character, greatness of skill and his commitment to his university and his teammates,” Starr said. “The nation has found Robert to be this very endearing and, as someone said, he’s the most interesting person in perhaps all of athletics, but interesting in a positive sense. It’s all good, and there’s a goodness of character that makes Baylor proud.”
There are also the goofy socks. RG3 created a frenzy that led to people paying several hundreds of dollars to get a pair of Superman socks like the ones he wore at the Heisman ceremony Dec. 10.
Griffin opted Wednesday for the purple Barney character socks.
“It’s an emotional day, but I love everybody, so today I decided to wear Barney socks,” he said, drawing laughter and a couple of quips from Briles.
“Get on E-bay, Barney socks just went up,” Briles said. “Get them now.”
Griffin arrived at Baylor as a 17-year-old freshman in January 2008 after graduating from high school a semester early. He completed an undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010 and has been working on his master’s degree in communications, which he said he will complete with a thesis either this spring or summer.
Baylor’s career passing leader completed 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a Bears quarterback.
He had another season of eligibility remaining because he got a medical redshirt after he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the 2009 season. He said any fear of getting hurt again had no impact on his decision to leave.
Griffin completed 291 of 402 passes (72 percent) for 4,293 yards and 37 TDs with only six interceptions this season, when he also ran for 699 yards and 10 more touchdowns. He was the nation’s second-most efficient passer with a 189.48 rating, just behind Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, whose 191.78 rating came with 93 fewer pass attempts.
“We definitely brought a lot of excitement here to Baylor that’s been warranted for a long time,” he said. “We’ve gotten to new heights at Baylor that haven’t been seen in a long time, but the climb isn’t over. … I will always be a Baylor Bear, no matter what.”
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