Baylor’s new football stadium will feature a bronze statue of Robert Griffin III


(AP)

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.

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.

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