Saturday, September 13, 2008

Track & Field's Best All-Around Athlete In The Last Twenty Years

True freshman Robert Griffin Is Already An All-American.

Think Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson - two legendary sport athletes that redefined an era. Robert Griffin III could very well be track and field's best all-around athlete and has the opportunity to do something very special.

If you don't already know about this poised young athlete, you will begin to hear more about him as this football season wears on. And by the way, he shares the same zip code (Waco, Texas) as Jeremy Wariner.

Baylor's Robert Griffin III is the truth.

On Friday night the trackstar / quarterback peeled off electrifying runs of 56, 57, and 57 yards and finished with a school-record 217 rushing yards in his second career start against Washington State. He ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown as the Bears beat Washington State 45-17.

Last week he lead the Bears to a lopsided victory over Northwestern State.

The highlight on Friday, was Griffin's 27-yard touchdown throw to the corner of the end zone. Griffin began the sequence by rolling left. Near the sideline, he reversed field, worked his way back to the right side before leaping and finding his wide receiver.

Gasp! The 18-year-old looked like a seasoned veteran running the Baylor offense and leading the team to its second victory on the season.

Griffin III graduated Copperas Cove high school last December, after leading them to a 4A Football State Championship to enroll at Baylor University.

Pressure situations are are old hat as he has already been to the Olympic Trials.

Robert Griffin participated in Baylor spring football practices and then ran on the universities' storied track program. By the season's end, he was the Big 12 conference champion at 400-meter hurdles, before finishing third at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American honors. Griffin III then capped off the break through season by competing at the Olympic Trials.

In high school, he was a beast on the track.

As a high school sophomore, Griffin III finished second in the Class 5A state meet in the 110-meter hurdles. But he blew away the competition as a junior when he set state records in the 110-meter hurdles (13.55 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (35.33 seconds). The 300-meter time was one-hundredth of a second off the national prep record.

With Griffin III anchoring a second-place 1,600-meter relay team, the Bulldawgs won the Class 4A state meet.

He's even made reference to attending Law School. Griffin III has a bright future, graduating seventh in his high school 4A class.

It's a thought.

He may redefine athletics, the way Bob Beamon introduced the deep ball to the NFL.

Is it outrageous to think that in the future, Griffin III may compete for a Heisman Trophy and Olympic gold medal at the same time?

All Photograpy and Content By Jay Hicks.


  1. I saw him at the 2007 Regional Championships two weeks before his record run at State. He won the 300mH by nearly a second and the 110mH by nearly 1/2 a second. Keep in mind, this was a regional meet, where the district champs compete, and he still won by those margins. Amazing. I knew he was about to do something special at State. (By the way, as a Texan, it's my obligation to tell you that spelled Copperas Cove.)

  2. Hey Jimmie: Robert Griffin III mesmerized the stadium on Friday. I had to keep reminding myself that he is a true freshmen. It's sick to think what lies ahead for him in track.

    Jay Hicks

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