By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
NEW YORK - Robert Griffin III flew into the crowd of reporters with his arms waved in the air.
"All right people. C'mon, break it up," he said using his deepest voice and stepping in front of his sister, DeJon.
The ever jovial Griffin was jokingly protecting his older sister from the press mob that wanted to discuss, well, him.
Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, has always had a close bond with his family. And part of that is what brought him to New York in the first place.
Two miles from the Griffin house in Copperas Cove, was Griffin Hill. Sometimes the family drove there to work out. Usually, though, the only option was a precursor run from the house to the hill.
"He is very serious. He knows everything he made us do, got us where we are at," DeJon said. "All that hard work wasn't for nothing. We each went to college and we each got a degree and each got to do the sports that we loved," said DeJon, who competed in the hammer, discus and weight throws for Northwestern State before graduating.
Yes, the same Northwestern State that played Baylor two years ago in a game where
Griffin III tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
"We aren't going to talk about that," DeJon joked.
What she will do these days is heap praise on her younger brother - sibling rivalries are a thing of the past.
"Growing up, we were always competitive, but eventually we wanted for both of us to do great," the 23-year-old DeJon said. "I knew my brother was going to excel. He is a monster. He is just a different kind of creature. He is phenomenal."
Now, the Griffin family is starting to reap the benefits of that hard work.
DeJon, Griffin's parents (Robert Jr. and Jacqueline) and his fiancé Rebecca Liddicoat all joined Griffin III in New York City for the Heisman ceremony. His oldest sister, 26-year-old Jihan was at the Heisman announcement Monday in Waco, but could not make it to New York.
"It is really exciting. It was a little overwhelming at first being in the city," said Liddicoat. "It is so much fun now, though and I am very excited."
It was his fiancé's first time to the Big Apple and the first time for his mother, Jacqueline as well. She spent time seeing the city with DeJon on Saturday before the ceremony and all of them went out Friday with the other Heisman nominees and took a tour of the city, seeing Times Square, Rockefeller Center and even Elmo, SpongeBob and Patrick.
"Rebecca has never been to New York, so that is a big thing to have her here," Griffin said. "I am glad my family could make it out, and I am proud that they are proud of me and that I can represent them."