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 starred in basketball and track in high school.
His athleticism was apparent on the football field, as was his intelligence and decision making. As quarterback during his junior and senior years of high school, combined, he threw only nine interceptions, to go with 41 touchdown passes.
Robert knows not just how to win, but how it feels to lose. He led Copperas Cove High School to the Texas 4A Divsion I championship game, and lost. The bitter, sour taste of such a loss stays with an athlete. It is a taste that only gets washed away through redemption, by succeeding, by winning.
Griffin III no doubt had that taste in his mouth when he committed to Baylor to play quarterback. He knew what he was getting himself into by going there. Many "big time" football programs had pursued him out of high school. You may have heard of one of them.
A college called Stanford, perhaps?
How may history have been different, I wonder, if he'd gone all in on going to Stanford? Would Andrew Luck be where he is now? Well, that's a discussion for another time.
Baylor wasn't considered a particularly strong football program. Griffin III's first two seasons, 2008 and 2009, Baylor went 4-8. He had to watch most of 2010 following a serious injury to his ACL. Then came the awakening.
That 2011 season at Baylor, the one that put Griffin III on the map. The year he led the Baylor Bears to their first bowl game and bowl game victory in years. The year he blew people's minds with his amazing quarterbacking, both by passing and by running.
The year he won the Heisman.
But that bad taste in his mouth still lingers. Now it's the Washington Redskins' turn to experience the magic of Griffin III.
He wowed the socks off of the football world in New Orleans in his debut. With time, he'll be wowing the commissioner up on that stage, taking hold of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, having FINALLY won that championship he's desired all these years.
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