When Baylor opens its 45,000-seat, $266 million football stadium this fall, the school will also unveil 9 1/2-foot bronze statue of its only Heisman winner, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Fox Sports reports the statue will be installed in the south end zone plaza of McLane Stadium in front of panels and photos celebrating Griffin’s accomplishments at Baylor.
Griffin’s portrait sculpture was created by Midland, Texas native Tom White out of his studio in Prescott, Arizona. White took photos of Griffin wearing his Baylor uniform at Redskins Park last year as part of the initial design concept and completed the sculpture in May after Griffin and his wife traveled to Arizona for a final sitting.
The look of the sculpture will remain a mystery until its unveiling before Baylor’s season opener against SMU on August 31.
“We’d like to keep all photos of it private and anything to describe the pose so there’s some surprise at the unveiling,” Tom White’s wife, Marcey, told Fox Sports.
This news lends itself to jokes, of course. (What shoes will Griffin be wearing? Will the sculpture feature a hashtag?) The fact that Griffin is being honored with a statue three years since leaving the school has also led to some mild outrage.
— Rob (@99_pROBlems26) July 8, 2014
So it took them over 30 years to retire Elway’s number at Standford, but RGIII gets a statue outside Baylor 3 years after graduating? What?
— Tiff (@tlcat06) July 8, 2014
RGIII gets a statue outside the new Baylor stadium … Statues should be for legends of the game
— Griff (@GriffinK60) July 8, 2014
Griffin is 24 years old and he is going to have a statue of himself somewhere. This is ridiculous to me and I’m not even an old curmudgeon.
— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) July 8, 2014
In addition to winning the 2011 Heisman Trophy, Griffin led the Bears to their first bowl game in 19 years and is largely responsible, along with Coach Art Briles, for reviving the school’s football program. To many, McLane Stadium will be known as ‘The House that RGIII Built.’
Thanks to Fox Sports Southwest for sharing.