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Robert Griffin III: SI Cover King

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 28, 2013 – 11:47 am


Robert Griffin III is coming to a Sports Illustrated cover near you.

If he keeps goes at the rate, Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III will break the record for most Sports Illustrated cover appearances by the end of the decade.

Since the first edition in 1954 featuring Eddie Matthews of the Milwaukee Braves, athletes from across the country, and the sports spectrum, have graced the cover.  Each time they’ve spoke about the honor of being that week’s featured story.

While reader preference have shifted over the years to more online publications, there’s still a special feeling of reading a hard copy that a tablet or smartphone can never duplicate.

Anyway, we’ve got the cover here just for you:


In case you missed that little footer or need someone to confirm that you aren’t seeing things the title does indeed say “Why RG3=John Elway”.

How so?

Well you’ll have to buy the magazine to find out. But I can tell you that MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas has a fantastic piece about how Griffin III’s arm, sometimes forgotten due to speed that’s been characterized as legendary, can put him in all-time elite company.

This is the second time the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year has graced the cover as a member of the Redskins, but he certainly wasn’t the franchise’s first.

One of the sticking points for Redskins fans about Robert Griffin III is his play brings up nostalgic memories of the days of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh being the first true NFL superstar and Joe Theismann leading the burgundy and gold to its first Super Bowl victory.

While Baugh’s accolades were never documented in Sports Illustrated (retired two years before the first edition), Griffin III joins Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien as Redskins quarterbacks to grace the cover.

Here’s a gallery of some of the magazine covers Griffin III has appeared on over the years:

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