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It’s official: RGIII heading to the NFL

Robert Griffin III AP

Before the applause had completely died down after he was announced as the winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy, it became almost a foregone conclusion that Robert Griffin III would be leaving Baylor following the 2011 season to chase his dream of a career in the NFL.

Wednesday, after reports had pointed in that direction in recent days, it became official.

At a press conference this afternoon — and wearing a pair of purple Barney socks —  the quarterback announced the expected, that he’s leaving the Bears and making himself available for the NFL draft.  Griffin stated at the press conference that he first met with head coach Art Briles about his NFL decision Monday, and that a final decision wasn’t made until Tuesday.  He informed his teammates of the decision in a meeting shortly before the press conference.

The move to the NFL is largely based on how RGIII’s perceived at the next level; he’s projected to be selected within the first five picks of the April draft, perhaps as high as No. 2 behind Andrew Luck.

In addition to the Heisman, Griffin was awarded the Davey O’Brien Trophy, and was named the Associated Press’ and the Big 12′s Offensive Player of the Year following the 2011 season.  He was also a consensus All-American selection.

Per the school’s release, Griffin III, who set or tied 54 school records in three full seasons at Baylor, finished the 2011 season with school records of 4,293 yards, 37 passing touchdowns and a passer efficiency rating of 189.5 (second-best in NCAA FBS history).   RGIII finishes his collegiate career as one of three players in FBS history to top 10,000 career passing yards (school-record 10,366) and 2,000 career rushing yards (2,254).

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12 Responses to “It’s official: RGIII heading to the NFL”
  1. Dirty D Fo says: Jan 11, 2012 4:18 PM

    Get dat’ money shawty

  2. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 4:53 PM

    He has already completed his degree, so I say, go for it young man and good luck.

  3. harleyspoon says: Jan 11, 2012 5:01 PM

    How tall are you Dirty D? Robert is plenty tall at 6’3″ and plenty big enough at 220 lbs…

  4. sportsbastard says: Jan 11, 2012 5:04 PM

    One of the most exciting college players in the last decade, very much looking forward to seeing what he can do in the NFL. Good Choice RG3

  5. julezycataleya says: Jan 11, 2012 5:15 PM

    Welcome to the Burgundy and Gold young man. We hope by the time you are done leaving such a great legacy that we’ll be naming a street for you.

  6. vikefan says: Jan 11, 2012 5:22 PM

    …….and let the bidding commence for the Vikings 3rd overall draft pick!!

  7. jonathanfesler says: Jan 11, 2012 5:22 PM

    If no one trades up like maybe the dolphins I think RG3 will end up a redskin?

  8. mgscott says: Jan 11, 2012 5:33 PM

    Get the orange helmet ready

  9. John Taylor says: Jan 11, 2012 5:53 PM

    @jonathanfesler: I can all but guarantee he won’t get past the Browns at No. 4.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Jan 11, 2012 6:19 PM

    Foregone conclusion. Good for him. But, whoever said he won’t drop past Cleveland is delusional. They need everything else but a QB.

  11. artisan3m says: Jan 11, 2012 8:09 PM

    Fiesty1, can you imagine how much “everything else” RGIII would be worth in a trade? No one throws away an Ace hoping to draw a better card.

  12. cyraider says: Jan 11, 2012 10:13 PM

    RGIII > Cam Newton

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