Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 14, six days before Redskins OTA’s start.
RG3 most marketable American athlete
Robert Griffin III ranks No. 4 on the list of the most marketable athletes in the world and he is the top American in the rankings compiled by the website SportsPro.com.
Here is what they said about the Redskins’ quarterback, who is entering his second year:
Robert Griffin III joined the National Football League (NFL) last year as the number two draft pick, but he ended it as undoubtedly the most marketable player in the world’s richest league, with sales of his number ten Washington Redskins jersey setting a new single-season NFL record.
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Off the field, RGIII already has a keen sense of his own value, creating his own company, Thr3escompany, in 2012 and successfully trademarking a variety of phrases, including ‘RGIII’ and ‘RG3’.
Two soccer players, Neymar (Brazil) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) are 1-2 on the list and British golfer Rory McIlroy is third. The only other American athletes in the top 10 are tennis player Sloane Stephens and NBA star Blake Griffin.
RG3 is the only NFL player on the list, which seems odd given the popularity of the sport in this country. But what’s popular in the USA is not necessarily what is popular around the rest of the world. SportsPro.com lists the criteria as follows:
Athletes from across the world have been ranked according to their marketing potential over a three-year period from this summer.
- Value for money
- Home market
- Willingness to be marketed
- Crossover appeal
Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals was 19th on the list.
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