Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/24/12

Though he’s yet to sign a contract, and only experienced a handful of practices, Robert Griffin III already is making his way into the record books, albeit in a way you would’ve never guessed.

Throughout his career at Baylor, “GRIFFIN III” was seen on the back of the reigning Heisman-winner. While that might’ve been no big deal in the collegiate ranks, it’s a sight no one has seen in the pros.

As Paul Lukas of ESPN’s Uni Watch points out, Griffin will become the first player in in any of the four major American sports to have a Roman numeral on the back of his jersey.

In fact, up until this year, Roman numerals and Jr./Sr. distinctions were prohibited by the NFL. Taking advantage of the fact, Griffin, who earlier this month trademarked his likeness, may be using the new-found opportunity to show off more of his savvy side.

From Lukas’ column:

And that’s not the only kind of branding at work here, because the Roman numeral III can also be viewed as three stripes — which happens to be the visual signature of adidas, which signed Griffin to a big endorsement contract back in February. In fact, Uni Watch suspects Griffin chose adidas over Nike specifically in large part because of the potential marketing synergies between the Roman numeral and the stripes.

[H/T Yahoo! Shutdown Corner] | [Photo: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE]

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