Should I Stay or Should I Go: Robert Griffin III Edition

Posted: December 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

On December 23, 2011, USC quarterback, Matt Barkley, announced he was staying for his senior season to help USC chase a national championship rather than declaring for the NFL draft. Many NFL teams were already looking at him and sports analysts across the nation thought he would forego his senior year to go pro. With Barkley’s decision now public, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is in the spotlight. He has yet to decide if he will stay at Baylor for his senior season or go pro. As a Baylor alumna, I care about my University, but also want to see my quarterback succeed at the highest level. I’m sure RG3 is thinking, in the infamous lyrics of The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

So what’s my opinion? Let’s put it this way…Robert Griffin III has already done so much for Baylor University. How could you ask for more? He resurrected a Baylor football program that was the laughing stock of the Big 12 into the 12th best team in the country! My freshman year at Baylor, the football team was 3-9. In 2011, Baylor finished the regular season 9-3 and is going to its second consecutive bowl game on December 29. Oh, and Robert Griffin III brought Baylor’s first Heisman Trophy to Waco. How can you not like this kid? He is the greatest ambassador for Baylor University. I, personally, wouldn’t want anyone else to represent my alma mater in the public eye. The guy is not only a genius on the football field, but also in the classroom. He left high school one semester early so he could join Baylor’s practice squad and start undergraduate classes. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in three years. And now he’s working on his Master’s while also leading Baylor football to its best year in school history. And he’s a pretty cool dude, too.

So, do I want him back at Baylor next year? Nope. Robert Griffin III is the most unselfish person you’ll ever meet. He is continually thinking about what is best for the University and for the city of Waco, instead of what’s best for him. But, it’s time for him to be selfish and think about his future. Baylor football and Baylor University will be fine. Because of the success of 2011, Coach Art Briles will be able to get great recruits to go along with the new football stadium. The quarterback position has one year with Nick Florence and then Bryce Petty will follow suit. Baylor fans might be upset to hear me wanting Robert to leave, but it’s what’s best for him. As a Baylor fan, you should want to see Robert Griffin III succeed at the highest level after all he’s done for the athletics department. There is no need for him to stay at Baylor and risk getting hurt or going into the draft after a less-than-spectacular 2011-2012 season. He needs to go out on top now! How can you top the Heisman Trophy and a possible 10-win season with a bowl win? Robert should easily go in the first round in the upcoming draft. I know his education is very important to him, but he can finish his Master’s degree and begin law school during the NFL offseason. Or, go to law school after his NFL career is over.

It honestly wouldn’t surprise me to hear Robert Griffin III announce his plans to stay at Baylor for his senior year after this year’s bowl game, but I hope that doesn’t happen. I love the guy and I love Baylor University with all my heart, but it’s Robert’s time and he needs to make the most of it by declaring for the draft this year. Sic em RG3!!! And go fling your green and gold in the NFL. 🙂

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