Robert Griffin III Wins 2011 Heisman Trophy: Speech, Video
Baylor's Robert Griffin Wins Heisman Trophy
Robert Griffin III, quarterback for Baylor University, has won the 2011 Heisman trophy. Griffin is the first Baylor athlete to win the Heisman. RG3 backed up his incredible game play with a fine bit of public speaking; you can see Robert Griffin III's Heisman acceptance speech video and transcript below.
The 2011 Heisman candidates were:
- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
- Trent Richardson RB Alabama
- Andrew Luck QB Stanford
- Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
- Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
- Kellen Moore QB Boise State
- Matt Barkley QB USC
- Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
- Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
- Case Keenum QB Houston Sr.
- Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
Here is a transcript of Robert Griffin's Heisman acceptance speech, via SB Nation:
"Now that my socks are out there, I got nothing to lose, right? This moment right here, it's unbelievably believable. It's unbelievable because in the moment, we're all amazed when great things happen. It's believable because great things only happen with hard work. The great coach Art Briles always says great things only come with great effort, and we've certainly worked for this.
That's right, everybody associated with Baylor University has reason to celebrate tonight. To my teammates, I'd like to say thank you. As we say, the hotter the heat, the harder the steel. No pressure, no diamonds. We compete, we win. We are Baylor. Baylor we are, Baylor we'll always be, but it's up to us to define what that means, and this Heisman Trophy is only the beginning of that process.
To Baylor nation, I say this is a forever kind of moment, and may we be blessed to have many more like it in the future. God has a plan, and it's our job to fulfill it, and in this moment we have.
To my dad and my mom, my fiancee, my sisters, my beautiful niece, to my family, to my friends, to my teammates, to coach Briles and the coaching staff, to the Baylor administration and Ken Starr, the city of Copperas Cove and the city of Waco, and all of Baylor nation I say thank you for all your loving support, through the tough times like knee surgeries and glorious moments like this one.
Thank you to the Heisman Trophy Trust and all the Heisman Trophy winners who've given me a chance to be a part of this family.
Last but not least, I want to thank God for giving me all these great people to be in my life. Thank you."
The comment about the socks refers to Robert Griffin's Superman socks. Those will now be a hot item for Christmas.