School: Baylor University
Sports: Football, Track and Field
Blessed with the speed of a sprinter, and the arm strength of…a sprinter with a potato gun attached, RGIII was destined to make an impact at Baylor, and he even got a head start by graduating from high school early. That allowed him to play as a true freshman, where he garnered Big 12 Frosh of the Year honors. But, frankly, that award is likely stuffed in a box in his attic, because by the time he graduated to second overall pick in the NFL his trophy rack needed space. As a senior he won the Davey O’Brien Award, AP Player of the Year, and (most impressively) the Heisman.
Since college pigskin overshadows all other amateur sports, it’s easy to miss that Griffin was nearly as dominant on the track as he was on the gridiron. He only ran one season at Baylor (his freshman year) but it was a commanding one. He was an NCAA All-American at the 400m hurdles. And, in that same event, he was the Big 12 champion. From there he advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional (which he won) and eventually finished third at the NCAA meet. He also qualified for the Olympic trials, where he came one place shy of being eligible for in the Finals. Remember how we told you he graduated from school early? Under normal circumstances Griffin would’ve been a high school senior when this all went down.