RGIII wins Redskins’ strongman competition (Video)

(Screengrab via ESPN)

In case you hadn’t heard (you’ve heard), ESPN is airing a documentary on Robert Griffin III on Aug. 27. The hour-long special — presented by Gatorade Productions, in partnership with NFL Films and ESPN — chronicles the Redskins quarterback’s rehab from knee surgery, and probably will include several instances of him setting lofty, seemingly unattainable goals, ignoring the critics and channeling their negative energy into motivation, and then achieving said goals, proving everyone wrong. Also, it will include Gatorade. Gallons and gallons and gallons of Gatorade.

See example No. 1 below in this bit of promotional material (full preview here), which shows Griffin conquering the Redskins’ strongman competition.

It begins with Griffin taking notice of fullback Eric Kettani’s team-high record of 226 in the competition, a series of strength exercises. “Yeah, I might have to go out there and kill Kettani’s number,” Griffin says matter-of-factly.

“You can’t beat him, man; I’m telling you right now,” warns an unidentified, off-camera person playing the role of Naysayer. Oh, but just you wait, Naysayer. Just you wait!

“I’m a competitive guy,” Griffin then notes as he prepares to get to work.

First, though, some Gatorade.

(Screengrab via ESPN)

Some people like to drink their Gatorade out of Gatorade cups.

(Screengrab via ESPN.)

Then begins the training in some zebra-style Adidas gear, with Adidas-clad wife Rebecca looking on (also note that this was all made possible by Gatorade, shown in back left).

(Screengrab via ESPN)

(Screengrab via ESPN)

(Screengrab via ESPN)

And then, after a stunning, businesslike takedown of Kettani’s record, a celebratory Gatorade (great for recovery!):

(Screengrab via ESPN)

Here’s the full video:

(Programming note: Dan and Sarah are both on vacation this week, so this space may be a bit sparse. But we’ll try to leave no RGIII video or Bryce Harper plunking unblogged.)



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Dan Steinberg · August 16, 2013