The Washington Redskins signed Robert Griffin III to a four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year option last Wednesday. For a legion of fans, that is the beginning and end of all Redskins news.
Griffin 3rd was the second overall Draft pick, but the media treats him in all respects like the No. 1 pick. Griffin signed a day before Andrew Luck inked his deal with the Colts. Pundits go so far as say Griffin will have the better year with more to work with than Luck does.
RG3 won the Heisman Award that Luck was expected to win, has appeared on Leno and Letterman, is featured in commercials for adidas and Gatorade, is an everyday feature somewhere in sports media, and stared down an extortion attempt. Most amazing of all is that none of this arises from the Daniel Snyder hype machine.
Robert Griffin III is a media phenomenon before ever tossing an NFL pass. He just has a sense for it. The Washington Post tells the story of Griffin’s pre-Draft dinner with Mike and Kyle Shanahan, Daniel S...