The first mention I can find of Robert Griffin III in Nexis came in the summer of 2004, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It was beneath a story about then-7-year old tennis star Domonique Garley, who was competing on the u-10 and u-12 circuits because she was so dominant.

“Domonique Garley wouldn’t mind picking on someone her own size on the tennis court,” the story began. “The problem is there aren’t many 7-year-olds who can hit a tennis ball like the Fort Worth girl, meaning she’s always playing at higher levels to find adequate competition. And Domonique frequently leaves the older girls scratching their heads after she beats them with a cross-court backhand or fires an ace at 45 miles per hour.”

There were also  bunch of youth sports results tacked on at the bottom. One “Robert Griffin III” placed first in the u-14 high jump at a local track meet, with a leap of 6-02 1/2.

And nine years later, here I am doing blog posts about 11-second promotions for sports networks that don’t even exist yet, starring that same RGIII.

Fox Sports 1, as you’ve no doubt heard, will come into existence on August 17. One of the network’s latest promos is centered around the clip that led to Griffining.

(Via @JA_DiTata)