Toward the end of a February interview with Robert Griffin III and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Trey Wingo asked the two Copperas Cove (Texas) High School graduates which player is more revered back home.
“It’s him!” Tillman said, pointing at Griffin. “Ask me do I have a street named after me.”
Tillman did not have a street named after him.
“We’re gonna start the campaign today to get Charles Tillman a street in Copperas Cove,” said Griffin, who had a street named in his honor on March 8, 2013.
There’s no word on how much of a role Griffin played in making it happen, but Copperas Cove named a new street after Tillman last week. KWTX News 10 in Waco reports that Charles Tillman Way will connect Constitution Drive with Robert Griffin III Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by June.
During the interview, which was part of a USAA military event, Griffin recalled the influence that Tillman had on him.
“I was in junior high school and he was fresh into the league, doing a good job,” said Griffin, who is nine years younger than Tillman. “A lot of kids like myself looked up to him back in Copperas Cove. He came back and we were playing basketball. I was real shy and I didn’t want to ask him for his autograph. He doesn’t remember this, but I walked up to him asking for his autograph and he told me, ‘Keep at it young buck, my friend is telling me that you’ve got a lot of success ahead.’
“I told him after the game we played this year that it was an honor to play against this guy. He kind of showed a lot of the young kids in Copperas Cove — the military brats — that you can make it, no matter what’s going on, how many times you move, no matter what happens with your family in the military. And he also showed that you gotta give back.”