Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/31/14
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Robert Griffin III never knew his paternal grandfather, the man for whom he carries his "III" in his name.The 'original' Robert Griffin tragically at the young age of 43 due to a brain aneurysm caused by glaucoma.This event caused the Griffins to fall into dire financial straits, and the family moved into the Desire Projects, a neighborhood in New Orleans.Robert Griffin II (playfully called RG2), was athletic. He played basketball in high school, then joined the Army.His service brought him for a time to Colorado, where he met his future wife and mother of Griffin III, Jackie.The couple moved together as Robert's service moved him, eventually settling down in Japan following his retirement.Robert Griffin III was born in Japan on February 12, 1990.His early years saw him move to Tacoma, Washington, then New Orleans, until finally settling into Copperas Cove, Texas, in 1997, when Robert was seven.Griffin III didn't just play football. As a matter of fact, he ...
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