WACO (December 13, 2011)—Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III arrived at Waco Regional Airport late Tuesday afternoon along with the award, which was boxed in a special case.
Griffin walked off the plane from Dallas and into the terminal, where a woman almost immediately hugged him while others took cell phone photos.
He said he was headed directly to practice, as the Bears prepare for their Dec. 29 appearance in the Alamo Bowl against Washington.
Griffin was awarded the Heisman Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck finished second, Alabama running back Trent Richardson placed third.
Griffin is the first Baylor player ever to win the award.
Quarterback Don Trull finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1963.
Griffin leads the nation with a 192.31 passing efficiency and 22.67 points responsibility per game and is on pace to break the NCAA single-season pass efficiency record, set by Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan in 2006 (186.0).
He led the Bears to their first nine-win season since 1986 and a win in San Antonio would give Baylor 10 wins for the first time since winning the Southwest Conference title in 1980.
Griffin was a top prospect coming out of Copperas Cove High School, where, during two seasons as starting quarterback, he led the Bulldawgs to a 25-4 record.
He graduated seventh in his class.
In December 2010, he earned a political science degree from Baylor.