Robert Griffin III returned to Waco this weekend to see himself immortalized at the age of 24. Griffin made the trip to Baylor where a new football stadium has opened that features a statue of Griffin outside.
Upon learning the news that a statue of himself was being erected, Griffin had nothing but positive things to say. “It’s amazing. You don’t dream about that kind of stuff,” Griffin told the Waco Tribune. “There’s a Statue of Liberty and all those other statues, but you don’t ever dream of having a statue honored in your name….. I don’t look at it as anyone putting me on a pedestal. I look at it as I know where my blessings come from, and they’re using me in a way to help other people. Not just to say, ‘he’s a great football player.’ I hope they say, ‘he’s a great man’ as well.”
Unfortunately for Griffin, Baylor University has one of the least respected sculpture departments of any Division 1 school. Griffin’s tone turned a bit sour after finally getting a glimpse of the new statue:
“Uh, wow… Well, I guess it’s still an honor. Man. This is just flat out fucked up right here. I guess that one half of it kind of looks like me. I mean if I didn’t have hair. Shit. I’m speechless.”
Baylor President Ken Starr gushed over Griffin’s legacy at Baylor, “Robert’s image is bound to be the landmark of our great city. This statue will become synonymous with Waco.”
Griffin III’s mother, with a look on her face that could only be described as abject horror, added “It’s probably better than being known for the Branch Davidians. Probably. ”