Why Robert Griffin III Deserves the Heisman Trophy

Tom GuthrieContributor IIIDecember 10, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III has built an emphatic case for the Heisman Trophy over the course of this season, and ultimately he has demonstrated himself the most deserving of the award. 

The Heisman Trophy should be awarded to the player that is most valuable to his team, and without question, RG3 means more to the Baylor Bears than any other candidate means to his respective team. 

First, let's examine the stats, which are impeccable. RG3 has thrown for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He has completed an impressive 72.4 percent of his passes and boasts a quarterback rating of 192.3. He has also added 644 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He has more yards and total touchdowns and a higher completion percentage than any other finalist, and he leads the nation in quarterback rating.

Beyond the numbers, which even when considered in isolation are good enough to win him the Heisman, it's clear that RG3 has been more crucial to his team's success than any other finalist. He has led the Bears to a 9-3 record, the best season in Waco since many, many seasons ago. He dazzled in impressive wins over now 10-2 TCU, 9-3 Oklahoma and Texas.

In the Oklahoma game, he led his team on an 80-yard drive into the wind with no timeouts and less than a minute to play, and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to secure Baylor's first victory over Oklahoma and arguably the greatest win in the history of Bears football.

Andrew Luck, on the other hand, has not faced a very difficult schedule, and in the biggest game of the season against Oregon he was only mediocre. Stanford only beat one "ranked" team this season in USC (due to probation the Trojans are not officially ranked, but are worthy), while RG3 and Baylor beat four.

Trent Richardson, meanwhile, has been very impressive, yet clearly Alabama would still be very good without him. Eddie Lacey has shown remarkable ability as a backup, and the Tide would still thrive with him as a starter.

Montee Ball, who boasts the most impressive statistics, is not as worthy as RG3 because of Russell Wilson's enormous role for the Badgers. Again, with the Badgers' offensive system, they would still be very successful without Ball. It could be argued, furthermore, that Wilson has been more important to the Badgers' success this season anyway.

Lastly, Tyrann Mathieu, a definite x-factor and major contributor to the No. 1 LSU Tigers, should not win the award over Griffin. Granted, Mathieu is probably the best defensive player in the country, but Griffin III occupies the most important position on his team and has been a crucial factor in every game; Mathieu has been very important throughout the season, but not to the extent RG3 has been for the Bears.