Nov 25, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

RGIII's statue creates more unnecessary hype

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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.

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  • Rodney Thomas

    No hype or distraction.

    No matter how his NFL Career pans out (I pray its a HOF career), what he did at Baylor was amazing.

    Congrats Griff!

    • Maurice Barksdale

      RGIII’s career at Baylor was amazing. But I doubt there would be a statue yet if Baylor wasn’t opening a new stadium. It just seems too soon to be.

    • iam@jigg

      No doubt I agree… They are celebrating his success that put Baylor on the map so no matter what his career pans out to be in Baylor eyes he’s a legend. All of that too soon stuff is for the birds, I could see if it was a statue for the NFL then we could be saying it’s way to early

      • Maurice Barksdale

        You make a good point in that it’s for his success in college. But when you’re still trying to establish yourself in your profession, already having a statue of any kind is something that’s hard to live up to if you don’t succeed beyond the college success. But like I said it’s quite an honor, and I hope the success continues for RGIII with the Redskins. Thanks for the comment.