Brittney Griner and Robert Griffin III are the first Baylor athletes ever to win the conference honor. (File)
WACO (July 26, 2012)—Lady Bears junior sensation Brittney Griner and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III were named the 2011-2012 Big 12 Conference Athletes of the Year Thursday.
They’re the first Baylor athletes to win the honor in the history of the Big 12.
Griner led the Lady Bears to a history-making 40-0 season and the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, earning unanimous player of the year and All-America honors as well as ESPY awards for Female Athlete of the Year and college Female Athlete of the Year.
Griffin elevated the Baylor football program to the national stage, leading the Bears to a 10-3 regular season record, their first bowl win in 19 years and a No. 12 final national ranking.
He was Baylor’s first Heisman Trophy winner and also won the 2011 Davey O’Brien and Manning awards.
The Washington Redskins selected him second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft after he decided to pass on his final year of eligibility.