Highlights from the RGIII ESPN The Magazine feature

May 2, 2013

ESPN The Magazine has a lengthy feature on Robert Griffin III in the May 13 issue. Dan gave you some tidbits from it yesterday. Here are a few more.

Moehringer had his own Jim Zorn moment. “Fans and nonfans, red states and blue, are rocking the red-and-yellow because they see in Griffin things that aren’t quite there, at least not yet.”

Red and yellow.

RGIII also earned a comparison to Tim Tebow. “Of course one can’t overlook the power of Faith. On a chain around his neck, with his fiancée’s high school ring, Griffin wears a scripture-etched dog tag: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. So maybe he’s the second coming of Tebow, the savior for whom a vast flock has been waiting, religious and accurate.”

The second coming of Tebow. Yikes.

This quote from RGIII about his own popularity: “A lot of people have said DC’s my town, it’s not Obama’s town. Obama’s the second most popular person in the city. I don’t look at it that way. But I can see what they’re saying.”

Apparently the Robert Griffin IIII “limited access rule” is still in play. “For this piece, Griffin’s parents, sisters, fiancée, head coach, offensive coordinator, general manager, team owner, public relations staff and doctors were off-limits.”

That’s 5,600 words with no access.

This story from Kirk Cousins about the Seattle game: “But Kirk Cousins, the Redskins’ talented backup, who relieved Griffin in the Baltimore game and again in the Seattle game, recalls eavesdropping on an intense sideline conference between Griffin and Shanahan: “Robert, you’re clearly limping, you’re not at full strength, do you think you need to come out? And I’m not quoting anybody, I’m just paraphrasing. And Robert’s attitude was: I’m okay. I understand there’s a limp, but I’m going to be okay. I brought us this far, I want to finish this thing.”

Cousins adds: ‘I think it was tough for Coach Shanahan to tell him no. And it was tough for Robert to back down. Both of them were in a tough spot, each guy’s word against the other.’”

RGIII took Latin in college: “He then sat front and center (his seat in most classes, and in the Redskins’ classroom) and methodically laid waste to Horace, Ovid, Virgil. His translations were perfect, Davis says. His declensions and conjugations sublime.”

Griffin’s Baylor coach predicted a White House future: “When Briles, who predicted the Heisman, is asked about Griffin’s future, he blurts: “President of the United States.”

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