It was inevitable that Robert Griffin III’s trip to the Texas Capitol on Tuesday would leave lawmakers in awe, plotting out his political future and preparing for his eventual world takeover.
Here, for example, is state Rep. Sarah Davis, a Republican from Houston, via the Houston Chronicle:
“As many of you know, [Griffin] graduated from Baylor with a 3.7 GPA and a degree in political science,” Davis said on the House floor. “I’ve spoken to him this morning and I think we will see RGIII run for office someday very soon when he’s ready to retire.”
“In the Senate, after a congratulatory resolution, he was mobbed by senators. ‘This is the kind of athlete we would want our sons and daughters to emulate,’ said state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, echoing the sentiments of others. Added Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, a Baylor grad: ‘He has done something I would have never thought possible. He has Texans cheering for the Washington Redskins.’”
Even the Cowboys fans in the chamber had stories of RGIII love. Via the AP:
“Sen. Royce West, a lawyer who has represented Dallas Cowboys players in criminal matters, had some fun with Griffin. ‘RG, I don’t like you,’ joked West, a Democrat from Dallas. ‘You turned my father against the Dallas Cowboys.’”
There was also the announcement of a new scholarship in RGIII’s name, which was made by Watson, a Baylor grad.
“On behalf of the Board of Regents, faculty, staff, students and alumni of Baylor University, we pay tribute to Robert Griffin III, for his unyielding dedication and selfless service as an ambassador of Baylor University,” Watson said. “Achieving unprecedented success on the football field, in the classroom and in his community, Mr. Griffin has demonstrated determination, scholarship, leadership and a commitment to excellence in all of his endeavors, and as such, is hereby recognized as an example to be noted and followed….In recognition of his embodiment of Baylor University’s values and distinctive mission, and in celebration of ‘RG3 Day’ at the Texas Legislature, we honor Mr. Griffin on this 12th day of March in the year of our Lord 2013 and in the 168th year of Baylor University.”
For his part, RGIII addressed the legislators in brief remarks, lasting just under a minute.
“One thing I’ll say is that God blessed us all with the opportunity to have a stage to make a difference,” Griffin told them. “And I’m trying to make the most of mine, and I know all you guys are trying to make the most of yours. You know, we impact the lives of so many people in different ways. A picture here, an autograph there could change the life of a child in need, from my perspective. And although I was a political science major – and graduated — you guys are handling the politics right now. And that’s where you guys can really have your big influence. And I just pray that we all continue to do that. Thank you.”
(Video via CSN Washington)