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RGIII Remembers Tillman’s Visit

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 17, 2013 – 7:00 am

Robert Griffin III in the 2007 Texas State 4A Dvision I Championship game (AP)

Robert Griffin III in the 2007 Texas State 4A Dvision I Championship game (AP)

Back then, Robert Griffin III was just a kid excited to meet a hometown hero. Now he and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman occupy the same billboard space in Copperas Cove, Texas.

In his Wednesday press conference, Griffin III told a story he knew would embarrass his fellow Army brat and Copperas Cove High School Dawg.

When asked about his relationship with Tillman, the quarterback turned the clock back to middle school, when he got to meet an NFL star nine years his senior.

“Charles hates when I tell this story,” Griffin III said. “But he came back to [Copperas] Cove when I was in seventh grade and played basketball with us, so it was pretty cool. I was a young kid. I was excited to meet Charles Tillman from Copperas Cove, Texas, and he’s always been a great guy. He came back a lot.”

Griffin III went on to call Tillman “a big inspiration,” and said he looks forward to playing Tillman in a regular season game.

In high school, Tillman was a two-time all-district 8-5A selection and made all-state honorable mention. He was a four-year starter at cornerback for Louisiana-Lafayette, recording 12 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and three blocked punts in his career.

In the NFL, “Peanut” has a reputation as a turnover machine, known for forcing fumbles with a trademark punch. He holds the Bears team record with nine defensive touchdowns and ranks third in team history with 33 interceptions.

“He’s got great instincts,” Griffin III said. “He’s one of their best players, but we can’t allow him to do what he does best.”

At Copperas Cove, Griffin III posted a 25-4 record as a starting quarterback, passed for 3,357 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 2,161 yards and 32 touchdowns. He led led the Dawgs to the 2007 Texas Class 4A Division I Championship game and later single-handedly brought Redskins games into Cowboy country watering holes.

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