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What you should know about Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III is a Cleveland Brown.

The Browns on Thursday announced the signing of Griffin, the free agent and former Washington Redskins quarterback.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland," Griffin told "Coach Hue and Pep, I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that's what we're all about."

Griffin added, "I'm just excited to come in and compete. Nothing's ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that's all I'm really focused on."

Here's what you need to know about Griffin, the former Heisman Trophy winner who took the league by storm as a rookie in 2012.

The basics

Height: 6-2

Weight: 222

College: Baylor

Heisman and history

While at Baylor, Griffin was one of the nation's most electric players en route to winning the Heisman Trophy in 2011, becoming the first player in school history to win college football's most prestigious individual award. He becomes the ninth Heisman Trophy winner to become a member of the Browns.

Rookie season, and then more trying years

Griffin was drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins in 2012. Not long after, the rookie took the league by storm and guided the franchise to a 10-6 finish and first divisional title since 1999. For his efforts, Griffin was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and to his first Pro Bowl. In a matter of months, Griffin had become of the league's most celebrated quarterbacks before suffering a knee injury in Washington's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Griffin, however, struggled to re-create similar magic the following season, throwing 16 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions.

Griffin's 2014 campaign was marked by inconsistent play and injuries, going 2-5 as a starter en route to a last-place finish in the division.

After suffering a concussion during a preseason win over the Lions last year, Griffin was replaced by Kirk Cousins, who remained the team's starter at quarterback.

By the numbers

40 — Griffin started 40 of 41 games at Baylor, leading the Bears to a 10-3 record and share of the Big 12 Championship

4,992 — That's how many yards Griffin combined for during his Heisman campaign with the Bears

12,620 — Griffin in his four years combined for more yards than any other player in Baylor history

8,097 — That's how many yards Griffin has passed for in his NFL career, including 3,200 in his rookie season.

26 — Griffin turned 26 years old in February

Dominance on the track

Griffin, known as a dangerous dual-threat quarterback who has used both his arm and legs to beat opponents, was a standout in track and field at Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Griffin was particularly gifted as a hurdler, breaking the Texas state records for the 110-meter hurdles (13.55 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (35.33 seconds).

Griffin was named the Gatorade Texas Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year award as a junior and was selected to the USA Today All-USA Track and Field team in 2007.

'I think he humbled himself'

Fielding a flurry of questions about Griffin at the NFL's annual owners' meetings Tuesday, Browns coach Hue Jackson spoke highly of the quarterback and last weekend's meeting with him.

"It went well, I think we all know he's a talented player, he's a good person, a good young man. The guy can throw a football, he can run a football. And this past year he didn't play," Jackson told reporters in Boca Raton.

"I think he learned a lot, I think he humbled himself a little bit, he knows he's got a lot of work to do ahead of him to get himself back to where he was, but I think he's willing to do the work. He's trying to find a football team that will best fit him and we'll see how all that unfolds."

Griffin sat behind Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins last season and was cut by the Redskins earlier this month.

Jackson added that he asked Griffin a series of tough questions and received "tough answers" in response.

"He handled all that extremely well," Jackson said, adding, "I felt better about him because he answered some questions that I had and I think he represented himself the right way."

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