Robert Griffin III will always be revered at Baylor University for his achievements on the field. Now, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback will also be immortalized by his alma mater.
Plans are in the works for a statue of RGIII to be installed at McLane Stadium, the Bears' new stadium which will open this season.
The 9-foot, 5-inch bronze sculpture will be installed in the plaza behind the south end zone in a ceremony on August 31 before Baylor opens its season against SMU.
Griffin threw for 10,366 yards and 78 touchdowns during his career at Baylor and rushed for an additional 33 TDs. He led the team to its first bowl game in 19 years, a 67-56 win against Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and enjoyed a spectacular rookie season before suffering a brutal knee injury in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Griffin was largely ineffective because of lingering knee issues during his second season with the Redskins, but has declared himself ready for his third season under new coach Jay Gruden.
According to Dave Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest, the sculpture was created by Tom White and it will be placed in an area which will also feature photographs and panels that feature Griffin's accomplishments during his career with the Bears.
White and his wife, Marcey, traveled to Washington, D.C. last year to take pictures of Griffin in his Baylor jersey. The pose they used for the sculpture is being kept secret until the unveiling.
"We'd like to keep all photos of it private and anything to describe the pose so there's some surprise at the unveiling," Marcey White told Fox Sports Southwest. "It's gonna be awesome. It's a great tribute to him and all his wonderful accomplishments."
McLane Stadium is Baylor's brand new, state-of-the-art waterfront facility that cost an estimated $266 million and will seat 45,000.
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