- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I’m neither a Baylor University alum nor a fan of the Baylor Bears. But I know what I’d say to outsiders who oppose Robert Griffin III’s upcoming statue outside the school’s new stadium:

Mind your business.

This isn’t just college football we’re talking about. It’s college football in Texas, a state with 12 FBS schools spread across five conferences. If their babies can’t grow up to be Cowboys, parents cross their fingers and hope for Longhorns, Red Raiders, Horned Frogs, or Aggies at the very least.


Only recently have Bears cracked the wish list and they’re rising quickly. The $260 million, 45,000-seat McLane Stadium will help.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) waves a university flag as he walks off the field surrounded by fans following their NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 48-24. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) waves a university flag as he ... more >

So will the 9.5-foot bronze sculpture of RG3, whose role in Baylor’s resurgence is bigger than anyone not named Art Briles.

RG3’s immortalization doesn’t have a thing to do with his nascent NFL career. He has played only 28 games for the Washington Redskins. His record as a starting quarterback is 12-16. He ended last season on the bench after his team lost five straight games.

Folks in Waco reply: So what?

Griffin’s accomplishments at Baylor are substantial and permanent. There’s nothing he can do to tarnish his legacy or diminish his role in reviving a moribund program. Even if he goes from NFL Rookie of the Year and NFC East division champ to injury-plagued bust and perennial loser, it won’t change a thing on campus.

Baylor is preparing to play its 109th season of intercollegiate football. It had won 10 games in a season only once before RG3 led the Bears to a 10-3 record in 2011, including an Alamo Bowl victory.

He lifted the program while improving his completion percentage each season and helped put butts in seats. Home attendance increased in each of his four seasons, rising from 34,124 per game to 41,368 in his final year.

Critics say that’s well and good, but it doesn’t necessarily warrant a statue.

They’re absolutely right.

So here’s the trump card, the fact that should end any debate and shut-up every detractor:

HE WON THE HEISMAN.

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