Quarterback Robert Griffin III has helped usher in a new era to Washington, D.C., a new vibe that has DMV-area Redskins fans on the edge of their seats for next season.
On the football field, No. 10 was a key ingredient in helping put together a phenomenal season. He received the individual accolades (NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year). He epitomized the definition of what it means to be the ultimate teammate leading the cavalry to a NFC East Title. He had Redskins fans across the nation remembering the glory days of the 1980 Super Bowl Championships and January thrill rides.
To say the least, Griffin III’s fascinating allure and grandioso excitement followed him from Copperas Cove, TX, where he won the Heisman trophy, to the Nation’s Capital.
Those reasons, plus many more, are why Griffin III appeared destined to someday grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine. It just so happens that his day would be today as cover boy of the magazine’s 15th year anniversary issue which hit newsstands this morning.
The issue features an article on Griffin III, written by J.R. Moehringer, which ranges in topics from the Seattle game to him taking Latin in college, from the quarterback’s first year in the NFL to his faith, and beyond.
He also addressed the playoff game versus Seattle telling audiences everywhere what was on his mind during the game:
“Your survivor instinct kicks in,” Griffin said. “You’re like, ‘I’m a warrior. I’m a beast. I do all these things, I can push through adversity.’”
He continued saying that he has learned from his “mistakes”.
We all know about Griffin III’s endearing personality and witty frame of reference that appears to transcend sports. It’s more than him wanting to be the best, which is a quality that all great quarterbacks possess.
Instead, he approaches life with a sort of atypical thinking that seems so simple yet oftentimes presents itself as a revelation.
In a recent Forbes interview, ESPN The Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Chad Millman had this to say about Griffin III and the article, “It’s about his ultimate future in 2028 and beyond… Just imagine what you think might be the highest level RGIII can go.”
He wants Championships. He wants “…legitimacy and dignity and respect.”
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