June 11, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Baylor's Robert Griffin III (Baylor) has been named the male recipient of the 2011-12 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year, the Conference announced Monday morning. Texas's Kylie Doniak was the female recipient.
The Sportsperson of the Year Awards were started in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year. This year's winners were selected by a media panel. The Big 12's recipients are also nominated for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
Griffin III led Baylor to just its second 10-victory season of all-time, and its first since 1980. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner set or tied 54 school records in three full seasons at Baylor, finishing the 2011 season with school records of 4,293 yards, 37 passing touchdowns and a passer efficiency rating of 189.5 (second-best in NCAA FBS history). A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, and graduate of Copperas Cove High School, Griffin III earned second-team Academic All-America honors from Capital One/CoSIDA in 2011 and is a 2010 Baylor graduate with a degree in political science. RG3 was selected No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins in April's NFL Draft
Griffin III became not only the face of the Bears' football program, but an ambassador of the entire university during his four years in Waco. Since his 2008 arrival on campus, the quarterback has given freely of his time to the city and Central Texas area. He was a 2011 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team member and a finalist for the 2010 Arthur Ashe Award.
Griffin III was also a Special Olympics volunteer and served at Friends for Life, a daycare for mentally-challenged individuals. He has also volunteer and spoke at many local schools. Other community service projects include Santa's Workshop, Food for Families and greeting new students for the Baylor admissions office during the annual on-campus celebration of Dia del Oso.