Robert Griffin III cherishes Baylor tribute, turns attention to season opener

Reflecting on the honor that Baylor University bestowed upon him Sunday when it unveiled a 9 1/2-foot bronze statue in his image, Robert Griffin III on Monday described the moment as “really cool.” The quarterback also said that for him, the moment served as a reminder and tribute to all the people that helped him along the way leading up to, through and beyond his storied college career.

Robert Griffin III, RGIII's statue
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looks at a bronze statute of himself after it was unveiled outside the new McLane Stadium before a game between SMU and Baylor Sunday. Griffin won the Heisman Trophy when he played at Baylor. (LM Otero/Associated Press)

“I don’t think – it still hasn’t hit me, whether it’s the statue or the Heisman [in 2011] or a lot of the things that we’ve done at Baylor when I was there, before I was there,” Griffin said after Monday’s practice. “It’s just really cool. I’m happy for Coach [Art] Briles and for the team there.”

Baylor unveiled the statue on the same day that the Bears christened McLane Stadium with a 45-0 victory over Southern Methodist.

“I’m just real happy. They did a good job opening it up, too,” Griffin said of big win in the new stadium. “It was a fun game, good experience and chance to be around family.”

Griffin added, “The statue is real important to my family, and I consider Baylor family. Baylor nation – my personal family. For my dad and his dad and all his siblings, it’s just something they can always know is there. It really speaks volumes to everybody who has ever helped me to get to where I am at and who helped me do what I was doing there.”

The Redskins had Sunday off but held their first practice of the regular season Monday morning. The prep work has begun for the season opener in Houston on Sunday.

“Game week. Houston week. We’re ready to go,” Griffin said. “They’re a very good team. We’ll have our hands full against a great defense. We’re all excited. We want to get to game-planning, get out there when it counts. We want to put some points on the board, and they’re not going to make it easy for us, and we don’t want them to.”

Putting points on the board proved challenging for Griffin and the first-team offense during the preseason. In abbreviated performances through three games, the offense generated just six points. But Griffin still saw the benefits of the preseason. He also doesn’t expect the scoring struggles to continue.

“We can take a lot [from it]. We played,” he said. “The biggest thing everyone is saying is we didn’t score a touchdown in the preseason, but as long as we score touchdowns in the regular season, that doesn’t matter. We had two solid games, and then we had a bad one and that’s what everybody remembers, and that’s fine. We’ll get that taste out of their mouths when we play Houston. We’ve fixed what we needed to fix in practices, and that’s for us to know and for you to find out.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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