Yeah, we know you know that Robert Griffin III gets it. And we also know that you don’t get tired of reading about more evidence of that fact. So here is some more on the subject.
First, Mr. Irrelevant has an exclusive interview with Griffin out today. It’s quality stuff, you should go check it out. But let’s go towards the end of the interview when RG3 is asked if he plans on going to Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch. Here is his reply:
No, I would hate to do that before I play. I would hate to do something like that before I play. Let Fletch go throw out the first pitch, Fletch has been here for a long time. He’s done the football thing for a while, he’s proven. Not that I’m not proven, according to most guys I’m not proven, but in my own mind I am and now I just need to go out and prove it. But I would hate to throw out that first pitch and I still haven’t taken a snap.
Now, according to CSN Washington’s Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chris Cooley has thrown out the first pitch at the ballpark, so perhaps the longest-tenured Redskin could say that the trail already has been blazed for Griffin. Otherwise, I would suggest that the Nationals get an invite out to Fletcher ASAP to clear the way for an RG3 first pitch at some point in the future.
In any case, he does not seem to be caught up in his own celebrity and that is a very good sign.
And it’s also a good sign that his teammates are willing to follow him to hell and back–or, to Waco, Texas and back, anyway.
Griffin told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that some of his receivers are coming to Waco, the home of Baylor University and where Griffin still has an apartment, to work out sometime between now and training camp.
Griffin wouldn’t say whose idea it was but it’s doubtful that the pass catchers who are coming–he ticked off the names of Santana Moss,Pierre Garcon, Anthony Armstrong, Aldrick Robinson, Fred Davis, and Brandon Banks–looked at a map and picked Waco as the place to go in July.
Whoever did it must have had a heck of a sales pitch. If you look at the 10-day forecast there you’ll see that the comparison of Waco to hell is not that far off in terms of the weather. Between now and July 8, the lowest high temperature will be 95 degrees. Starting July 3, the high will be 100 or more five out of six days. I don't know that's a dry heat but that's still pretty damn hot.
Griffin said that next year they might go someplace “more vacation-like” such as Los Angeles but for this year, it’s Waco.
“It’s great that we’re already starting off on the right foot,” Griffin said. “All those guys are coming down to throw. For those guys to show that they’re willing to come to Waco, Texas to workout with me lets me know they believe in me.“
Everyone else is starting to believe, too.