Eyeblack Odyssey argues that college football is good. In honor of that thought, I’ll be posting a series of daily blog entries that celebrate the good in the sport. I have no idea how far I’ll take this, but for now, let us all bask in the awesome.
Let us all bask in … Robert Griffin III
The legend of Robert Griffin III has grown exponentially throughout his collegiate career. Most Big 12 fans were aware of him as a prep prospect, then properly respectful of his elite athleticism as a freshman, then downright fearful and/or in awe as he grew into the most dominant player in college football. As a Kansas State fan, I had witnessed the beginnings of a seismic change in the Baylor football program for several seasons, but it wasn’t until one particular play in which I became convinced that he was truly special, and that for any team to ever defeat his, it would take a truly special effort.
I don’t often trumpet my team getting torched like this, but it’s not often you encounter such an impressive force, either (also, I am comforted by the fact that the Wildcats somehow came back to win this game). Anyway, RG3 regularly made mince meat out of defenses perfectly equipped to stop him, and this play conveys that feeling to me. K-State was, by many measures, outplaying Baylor on that Saturday. But the guy makes an unbelievable throw, backed up on fourth down, staking his team to a two score lead, and you simply shake your head. It’s all you can do. (That and marvel.)
I later watched him carve up Texas’ defense, which by that point had become a dominant unit, and I knew. I just knew. This was the Heisman winner. Fortunately, the rest of the media agreed with me. Throw in the off-field awesomeness, and it’s even better.
I have no idea if he’ll translate his dominance into the pros (I won’t bet against him). What I do know, is how he finished his collegiate career:
4,293 yards, 72.4 completion percentage, 37 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, a 189.5 QB rating, and 699 yards rushing with an additional 10 touchdowns on the ground for good measure.