He becomes the school’s first athlete to bring home the award.
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There’s a new Heisman Trophy winner and his name is Robert Griffin III.
Known in his school as RG3, the Baylor University junior quarterback became the school’s first person ever to win the coveted award. This year is special historically as it's the 50th anniversary of the Heisman Trophy being awarded to an African-American. Ernie Davis was the first in 1961.
Always a favorite, Yahoo! Sports reports Griffin said in his acceptance speech, “It’s unbelievable because in the moment we’re all amazed when great things happen. But it’s believable because great things don’t happen without hard work.”
The superstar player, who stands at 6’2” and weighs 220 pounds, has a penchant for superheroes, cartoon characters and socks. The day his name was called as the recipient of the award, he was wearing a pair of red and blue Superman socks with a red cape.
Griffin is the son of two Army sergeants and was born in Okinawa, Japan.
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