This is old news, but it’s new to me: Robert Griffin III helped his alma mater, Copperas Cove High, get outfitted in new football uniforms this season.
“Between the freshmen, JV and varsity, it was probably close to 200 [sets],” AD Jack Welch told me on Tuesday. “They’re beautiful. They’re awesome.”
Welch said he got a call from Griffin over the summer about outfitting several of the teams at his former school with new Adidas gear. They agreed to start with football; Griffin also indicated he’d like to help with the basketball and track teams in the future.
The football team has been wearing the new gear all season, but Griffin just posted a photo of the ensemble this week. That led to my phone call and, I’m assuming, the one from a Waco television station that wanted to do a story on the donation. The school has produced several other football stars in recent years; Bears defensive back Charles Tillman also provided the school with new football helmets.
“That’s a pretty good deal,” Welch admitted. “We’re pretty blessed.”
Griffin, meanwhile, helped provide cleats, socks, pants, underclothing and jerseys for the school’s varsity team. Welch’s brother, associate AD Tracy Welch, worked with Adidas on designing the new jerseys and pants. The kids, Jack Welch said, “were really appreciative.” The administrators were as well.
“We’re in good shape for several years,” the AD said. “It’s the best of the best, it’s the cream of the crop. There’s no better. If we can just play like we look, we’re gonna be ok.”
(The Bulldawgs are 3-2 overall, and 1-1 in district, if you were wondering.)