NFL Arizona Cardinals

Robert Griffin III: Big 12′s Male Sportsperson Of the Year

Former Baylor Bear and current Washington Redskins’, Robert Griffin III was named Big 12′s Male Sportsperson of the Year today. Kylie Doniak, Texas Longhorn soccer player also won the award as the Big 12′s Female Sportsperson of the Year.

The Big 12 recognizes it’s top male and female sportsperson  annually. The Sportsperson of the Year Award started prior to the 2000-01 academic year to recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service from within the conference. Former Texas Longhorn, Sam Acho won the award last year, becoming the second Longhorn to receive the great honor. This year, however, RG3 is the first Baylor Bear football player to ever become the Big 12′s Male Sportsperson of the year.

Griffin III also became the first Baylor Bear to ever receive the Heisman Trophy award. RG3 has put Baylor on the map, and essentially became an ambassador of the entire university during his four years in Waco. Since 2008, the quarterback has volunteered his service 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.

RG3 also served as a Special Olympics volunteer and spent time helping at Friends for Life – a daycare for the mentally challenged. RG3 volunteered and spoke at many local schools as well. Some of Griffin III’s other community service 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.

He’s a two-time Academic All-District VI selection and two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, and was an eight-time member of the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In addition to that, Griffin III was named to the Dean’s List three times while earning his bachelor’s degree in just three years.

There’s no doubt that Robert Griffin III earns this prestigious award. He’s entering his first season of professional football with a plethora of achievements, and I know this is only the beginning.

If you enjoy talking Washington Redskins and all things NFL follow Redskins columnist, Emmanual Benton on Twitter: