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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 03/31/2012

Robert Griffin III meets fans at Chantilly card show


Robert Griffin III signs Redskins helmets at a sports memorabilia show in Virginia on Saturday. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III got an introduction to the Washington Redskins fan base Saturday, signing autographs at a sports memorabilia show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

Griffin, whom the Redskins are expected to select with the second overall pick of April’s NFL Draft, was the largest draw at the show, which also featured past and present NFL stars, including Michael Vick, Julio Jones, Dexter Manley and Redskins Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Lorenzo Alexander, Darrel Young and Rob Jackson.

But Griffin’s appearance at a show in an area that he could soon call home was something of a coincidence. Griffin had signed on to take part in the show this winter, a month prior to the Redskins’ blockbuster trade with St. Louis that landed them the second overall pick of the draft.

Over the course of a roughly five-hour span Saturday, Griffin signed more than 100 Baylor helmets and more than 50 Redskins helmets. He also autographed Baylor and Redskins jerseys, as well as photographs.

Two of the giddy fans that got to meet the expected face of the Redskins fans were John Donaldson and his 8-year-old son, Luke.

The pair from Ellicott City wore matching custom-made No. 10 Griffin Redskins jerseys.

“We’re really hopeful that we end up with RGIII,” Donaldson said. “We’ve been following him since college. Obviously, he has freakish athletic ability, but he’s real humble, he’s got good character, and he can be a real role model for my son. And, the Redskins have 20 years of challenging times, so [Griffin] brings hope.”

The quarterback’s handlers would not make him available to be interviewed despite multiple requests. When he finally finished signing around 5:30 p.m., Griffin was whisked away to an SUV, with the engine running, and he was driven away.
Fans line up to meet Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is expected to be the Redskins’ top pick in the draft. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)

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