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Robert Griffin III Harbors Olympic Hope

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 12, 2013 – 5:31 pm

“The goal for me was to be better than Michael Jordan.”

From 99.9 percent of the population, this sounds absurd. From the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year who boasts Olympic caliber talent in the 400-meter hurdles, it’s barely a boast.

In the above video from NFL partner USAA, we learn Griffin III targeted basketball before football. Here are a four more interesting facts from the video:

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Griffin III said he had scholarship offers from Florida, Baylor and perennial powerhouse Nebraska. He was the starting point guard as a freshman at a Class 5A school.

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“My dream is to be in the Olympics and represent the United States of America, so I was preparing for my dream,” Griffin III said. As a freshman at Baylor, the future Redskins quarterback came one spot shy of making Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Trials.


Before he competed at Copperas Cove High School, Griffin III would receive letters of encouragement from his high school coaches. He would always write back, signing “your future quarterback” or “your future Dawg quarterback.”

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He’s being tongue in cheek, but you know an athlete as confident as Griffin III isn’t totally joking when he talks about not giving up on his dream to compete in the Olympic Games.

“I would definitely want to still fulfill my dream of going to the Olympics, someway, somehow. Maybe it’s track, maybe it’s badminton, maybe it’s ping pong, I’ll find a way to get to the Olympics,” he said.

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5 Responses to “Robert Griffin III Harbors Olympic Hope”

  1. By Alex on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    This is precisely the kind of confidence an NFL quarterback should have.

  2. By Jim Gabig on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    As a WASHINGTON REDSKINS and RGIII fan, I hope you realize your dream, but let’s focus on football right now, k?

  3. By Jerome on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    He should be working to achieve the goal of winning a Superbowl. He chose to be a very wealth professional NFL quarterback. His childhood olympic dream and being a great basketball player should be done and over with- grow up and come back down to earth/FedEx Field. HTTR!

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