There was a point in his career when many debated whether Robert Griffin III should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft over Stanford product Andrew Luck.
At the time, there was validity to that argument.
In four seasons with the Baylor Bears, Griffin amassed 10,366 yards and 78 touchdowns through the air and another 2,254 yards and 33 scores with his legs. When his collegiate career was complete, Griffin was off to the NFL with the 2011 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first player in Baylor history to earn the prestigious honor.
The NFL wasn’t quite as kind to Griffin, although that is much more because of his body than anything else.
After playing 28 total games throughout his first two seasons, totaling 6,403 passing yards and 36 passing touchdowns and 1,304 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground, Griffin was the 2012 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection as one of the brightest young talents in the league.
But then the injuries added up en masse.
Whether it was a knee injury or concussions or an ankle injury or a shoulder injury, Griffin managed to play in 14 games between the 2014 and 2016 seasons, missing the 2015 season.
Now out of the NFL after a 42-game career, Griffin finds himself ranked No. 5 on CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli’s list of the biggest NFL quarterback busts of the BCS era.
“Griffin’s NFL career started well, as he won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 after a terrific debut. Injuries would begin piling up the following season, however, and Griffin found himself without a team in 2017 after starting five games for the lowly Cleveland Browns in 2016. While his career was cut short more by injuries than performance, I include him on this list due to the high price the Redskins paid to get him.”
Save for an unexpected comeback, Griffin’s professional career will conclude with 8,983 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as 1,670 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
That is, of course, not the ending to his career many expected when the Redskins traded three first-round draft picks and a second-round selection to assure Griffin came to Washington in 2012.
Unfortunately for Griffin, the talent and upside were there — that is for certain — but the health wasn’t.