Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III today was named the 2011-12 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year.
The award is given annually for a student athlete’s contributions off the field.
According to a release from the conference, the Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in the 2000-01 season as a way to recognize student-athletes who “displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year.”
Griffin III became the first Heisman Trophy winner in Baylor history in 2011, but has been involved in the Baylor community for years. According to the release, Griffin III has spent time as a Special Olympics volunteer and served at Friends for Life, a daycare for mentally-challenged individuals. Other than speaking and volunteering at several local schools, Griffin has also worked for community service projects like Santa’s Workshop and Food For Families.
His community awards include being a 2011 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team member and the 2010 Arthur Ashe Award.
Griffin III was the male recipient of this year’s Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year, while Texas soccer player Kylie Doniak was the female recipient, according to the release.
Griffin III wasn’t the only Redskins rookie quarterback to receive prestigious honors from his college conference in recent days. Teammate Kirk Cousins was named a 2012 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor recipient last week.
We always hear about the on-the-field endeavors of our incoming rookie players, but it’s always great to see the kind of people they really are off the field. Congratulations to Robert.
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