Robert Griffin III will play in his home state of Texas for the first time as a professional football player. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins’ season opener in New Orleans represented a homecoming of sorts for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, whose family hails from that area, and where he spent a portion of his childhood. But this week Griffin returns to Texas, the place that he truly considers home.

 As the son of two military parents, Griffin was born in Japan, but his family settled in Copperas Cove, Texas when he was a child.

Griffin starred as a high school football and track star at Copperas Cove High School, and then played at Baylor in Waco and went onto win the Heisman Trophy and going second overall in the draft to the Redskins last spring.

 So, playing against the Dallas Cowboys in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington carries great significance, Griffin says.

 “It’ll be fun. I’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces,” Griffin said. “I have a lot of fans down there who got to see me grow up in Copperas Cove, Texas, and then go to college at Baylor. It’ll definitely be a good homecoming. More so a homecoming than New Orleans was. But, certainly looking forward to having fun. We’re going there with one goal in mind, and that’s to win.”

Griffin grew up cheering for the Denver Broncos, but the majority of his friends were Cowboys fans. He says those same friends have told him that they hope he does well this week, but added that they aren’t exactly rooting for the Redskins.

 “They tell me they’ll be cheering for me, but that they still want their guys to win,” Griffin said. “I can accept that, but we’ve still got to go out and get the victory.”