Baylor University will dedicate a statue outside their new stadium in honor of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. RGIII is arguably the most famous and highly decorated player to have played at Baylor, so it makes sense to a certain extent why they would want to honor him. However, it just seems to be a little too soon for something like this.All this does is place more expectations for RGIII to play larger than life to try to live up to the hype surrounding something like having a statue made of you. And while this is quite an honor for Griffin, Baylor could have waited at least a few more years to let RGIII achieve more in his professional career before building a statue of him.
From a marketing perspective I can understand why Baylor would want to do this, as it adds an attraction at their new stadium. Robert Griffin III is admired by their alums and fans, and it’s right to honor a program’s great players. But typically an honor like a statue comes when an athlete is nearing the end of their career, or their career is over.
But RGIII’s NFL career is just really getting started and he still has a lot o prove. Griffin has the athletic ability to live up to hype like this, but it creates even more pressure. Because this statue will be thrown in his face whenever he doesn’t play well. And while I’m sure Baylor means well by this, such an honor so early in Griffin’s career doesn’t really do him any favors.