As political season descends upon the American public, people from coast to coast clamor for help from Capitol Hill. Republican or Democrat, it matters little. People will come out in droves to voice their opinion and support the person they feel can lead the U.S. into prosperity.
However, the residents of Washington, D.C. have already found their hero, long before November starts. He stands 6’2, 223 pounds, with a cannon attached to where his right arm would be and a million-dollar smile that brands love to attach their names to. He isn’t a Republican or a Democrat. He’s simply a Redskin.
Robert Griffin III was born in Japan to a pair of U.S. Army sergeants. The Griffins moved back to multiple U.S. states before settling down in Copperas Cove, Texas. Robert was a phenomenal high school athlete, excelling in both track and football. Many schools came calling for his athletic ability, but only Art Briles and the Baylor Bears wanted Robert to continue his career playing quarterback. So Waco, Texas, was the easy choice for college.
Robert Griffin III burst onto the college football scene in 2008 as a freshman when a few simple plays against Wake Forest turned ESPN Sportscenter highlights. Waco, Texas would never be the same. In the off-season, Robert took gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big 12 Championship and reached the Olympic trials in 2008. His love was football so he gave up track to pursue his heart’s desire.
RGIII as Robert is best known, set lofty expectations after his breakout freshman season. A torn ACL in game three of his sophomore season derailed those expectations and Baylor struggled throughout the season. RGIII bounced back his third year on campus to lead the Bears to a 7-6 record, but questions remained about his passing ability and the long-term health of his rebuilt knee.
The 2011 season kicked off with a wild shootout against in-state rival TCU and all questions were removed. RGIII set the world on notice the Bears were going to compete when he threw for 359 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Horned Frogs in a 50-48 win. He even spent the first part the season throwing more touchdowns than incompletions, an incredible quarterbacking statistic.
He became the first Baylor Bear to win the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious award, and tied former Bear Jason Smith as the highest drafted player in program history when the Washington Redskins drafted the quarterback second overall in this past April’s NFL Draft.
Expectations are high for Robert in D.C.. The Redskins have lacked a playmaker and leader under center for more than a decade – the city has ached for a quarterback while its division rivals continue to roll out Pro Bowlers year after year. When asked about the pressure fans and the front office have put on the rookie quarterback, Robert simply responds, “It’s pressure, yeah, but pressure doesn’t bust pipes in this area.”
Redskins’ teammates are fully on board with their new leader. Tight-end / H-back Chris Cooley told CBSSports.com reporters, “He’s the [bleeping] leader of this football team. I can honestly say that, he’s so real. There’s no B.S., Griff is our leader.”
“If we win games, he’s going to be a rockstar,” said cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
To most, RGIII is already a rockstar. Once the season starts, if he can lead the Redskins to the playoffs, he will elevate to legendary status in a city known for his leaders. Voting may not start for another few months, but everyone in D.C. is happy with who they have running things in “office” at FedEx Field.
Hail to the Redskins. Hail to RGIII.