Amidst several worthy Heisman finalists, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III justly took home the hardware.
In a Heisman race that was closer than most, the voters got it right. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck outsmarted, Alabama running back Trent Richardson over-powered, LSU defensive back and kick returner Tyrann Mathieu dazzled, and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball suprised, but Griffin played the best football in the country this fall (even if he did not play for the best team) and justifiably took home the most coveted award in college football. He was the first Baylor player to ever win the award.
In leading his Bears to an 9-3 record and a suprising 3rd-place finish in the Big 12, the 6-2 product Texas product completed more than 72% of his passes on his way to almost 4,000 yards passing, 36 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions.Possessing rare sprinter speed, he also ran for 9 scores.
If his statistics were not enough, Baylor also excelled in the quintessential Heisman moment. With eight seconds remaining and the score tied against a top ten Oklahoma team in week 12 of the regular season, Griffin launched a gutsy 34-yard touchdown pass across his body to Terrance Williams for the win.
"God always has a plan, but it's our job to fulfill it," Griffin declared in his acceptance speech. If it was God's plan for Griffin to win the Heisman, he certainly fulfilled it in style, revealing his Superman socks before the presentation.
Griffin and his teammates take the gridiron one more time in 2011. On December 29, they play Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Because of an ACL tear early on during the 2009 season, Griffin does have one year of eligibility remaining, should he choose to exercise it.
Luck finished as the Heisman runner-up for the second year in a row.