Baylor tied an ESPN record Wednesday night, as Robert Griffin III and Brittney Griner combined to win three awards at the 2012 ESPYs.
Griffin and Griner were named top male and female college athlete, respectively — the first time one school has claimed both honors. Griner also brought home the award for best female athlete, beating out tennis’ Maria Sharapova, skiing’s Lindsey Vonn and soccer’s Abby Wambach.
No school has ever won more than Baylor’s three ESPYs in a single year. In fact, only five schools have ever won more than three total ESPYS in the event’s 20 years.
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I tried to keep track of how many times Baylor showed up on the broadcast throughout the evening, but with the Bears and Lady Bears nominated for six different awards, I quickly lost count. (In other categories, RG3 lost out to the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin for best breakthrough athlete; Kim Mulkey was bested by the New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin for best coach/manager, and the Lady Bear basketball team was beat by the Miami Heat for best team.)
Griffin also was called on to present the award for best moment, won by Tim Tebow’s overtime touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the NFL playoffs. RG3 and Griner join three other Baylor alums who have won ESPYs: Michael Johnson won five from 1994-2000 (best male track athlete, 1994-96-97-00; best male athlete, 1997), and Jeremy Wariner followed suit as best track and field athlete in 2007. Director John Lee Hancock has won best sports movie twice, for The Rookie (2002) and The Blind Side (2010).
The national champion Lady Bears’ next honor comes next Wednesday, when they will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Sic ’em, Baylor ESPY winners!