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Valero Alamo Bowl: RGIII Heisman Hangover, or Showcase for the NFL?

Caleb HartleyCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

Robert Griffin III has had a whirlwind of a month since his Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Longhorns in the season finale on December 3rd. There was the award circuit and that "little statue ceremony" that he had to endure while ultimately bringing the hardware back to Waco to give the school their first Heisman.

There has been a history of Heisman winners not exactly living up to the billing of being the "best player in the nation."  Here is a short list:

2001: Eric Crouch and the Nebraska Cornhuskers were embarrassed by the Miami Hurricanes in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship.

2003: Jason White and the Oklahoma Sooners were defeated by the LSU Tigers in the Sugar Bowl for the National Championship.

2006: Troy Smith and the Ohio State Buckeyes were crushed by the Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl for the National Championship.

2007: In one that actually wasn't a National Championship game, Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators were defeated in Lloyd Carr's final game, by the Michigan Wolverines.

2008: Sam Bradford and the Oklahoma Sooners were defeated by the Florida Gators in the BCS National Championship game.

As you can see the Heisman Trophy winner is usually playing on the grandest of stages. This all brings us to tonight's Valero Alamo Bowl. Robert Griffin III, or RG3, and his Baylor Bears are ranked 12th in the country and  are matched up against an unranked seven-win Washington Huskies team.

Even if RG3 is off of his game it might not necessarily be a Heisman Hangover, but rather one of disinterest. Since he exploded into super-stardom I have noticed one thing about him—he cares more about the team and winning for Baylor and the Waco community than his personal stats. All you have to do is watch any interview and especially his Heisman speech.

He is as selfless as they come, and in order for Baylor to win, they need the Heisman winner to be at his best...and his best should leave the NFL scouts salivating.

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