When I first arrived on Baylor campus in Fall 2007, one of the first things I heard was "don't get too excited about Baylor football. We aren't very good." Coming from a huge 5A high school in Texas, I couldn't believe the lack of school pride coming from Baylor students. Then, I invited a UT friend to join me for the Baylor/Texas game and was humiliated as I watched her gloat when Baylor went up 10-0 and then fell apart. Baylor did not win a single conference game my freshman year of college.
Notice the lack of fans in the stands across the field. That's what Baylor knew before Robert Griffin III came to town.
RG3 didn't just help resurrect the football program, he did something better - he instilled pride on Baylor campus. Campus began buzzing with hope the minute he stepped on the field in his first game against Wake Forest. Instead of skipping football games, students began to make plans around them. We were able to discuss football with friends at other Big 12 schools without hearing the words "same old Baylor." The stands never looked that empty again.
RG3 wasn't just an amazing player on the field - he was a nice person. He made sure to wave and talk to students who passed him on campus, greeting everyone with a smile. He did not separate himself from us - in my political science classes, he was just another student, even when he received standing ovations after Baylor won a big game.
RG3 revived Baylor campus, making us excited about not only Baylor football, but Baylor athletics in general. As he moves on to the NFL, he will continue to make us proud.