Football History and Football Stars
Discover the many highlights of Bears football and its biggest stars
The Baylor Bears football program continues to emerge in the Big 12 and throughout the college football landscape. With major bowl appearances and Heisman Trophy winners, Bears football is getting larger on the map.
RG3 Captures the 2011 Heisman Trophy
With the exciting announcement that Robert Griffin III was the 2011 winner of college football's top individual award, Baylor University also captures its first Heisman Trophy.
Griffin had a breakout season that included wins over TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas. While other school's recruited RG 3 to play another position, it was Baylor head coach Art Briles that told Griffin that if he came to Waco, he'd have a chance to compete for the QB position. As the 2011 Heisman vote attests, Griffin III did that and much more!
Baylor University Football Fast Facts
- The University first fielded a football team in 1899
- The school first adopted a mascot when they became the Bears in 1914.
- The University has featured a live Bear mascot since 1915.
- The University's first conference championship was gained in 1922 when they won the SWC
- The top coach in the program's history is Grant Teaff who guided his teams to two conference championships and eight bowl games in 21 years.
- The Bears won their first SWC Conference championship in 1974 when BU defeated Texas in what is known as the "Miracle on the Brazos." The 34- 24 win over Texas was the first one in 17 years for Teaff's squad.
- Mike Singletary is the University's top NFL product. After winning Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors in 1979 and 1980. After an All-Pro career with the Chicago Bears, Singletary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- BU's biggest rivals are Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU