For decades “Pennsylvania Avenue” has been synonymous with the fleeting fantasy of a world championship parade for D.C. sports fans. If you can make it to Pennsylvania Avenue, that’s when you know you’ve really made it in this town.
Well, Thursday night, Robert Griffin III will make it to Pennsylvania Avenue. In the form of a 74-foot tall light projection onto the Newseum’s “First Amendment Tablet.” Before he’s played a single game.
Update: Here is the image. It’s tall. And RGIIIish.
NBC Washington reports that “a 74-foot-tall image of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III [will be] projected onto Pennsylvania Avenue.” More:
In honor of RGIII’s home debut Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, a large rendering of the rookie quarterback will engulf the Newseum’s First Amendment wall Thursday, in partnership with Adidas (one of Griffin’s many sponsors).
The projection will apparently last from about 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be 9,000 blurry images of this available on Twitter.
CBSDC quotes Newseum VP Cathy Trost explaining why they’re taking this step:
“We pretty selectively use the first amendment tablet,” she said. “Only for causes or groups related to our mission or to our sense of community. And Adidas came to us with this idea and we thought it was a great idea in terms of welcoming this new sports figure to our community.”
Yeah, well, how come no one’s projecting a welcome-to-D.C. 74-foot tall Kirk Cousins onto the side of the Department of HUD?