Robert Griffin III Boulevard

Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III attended Copperas Cove High School where he drew more interest from colleges as a member of the track and field team than as a football player.  During his junior year in high school, RGIII set state records in the 110 and the 300 meter hurdles which earned him the Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award.

They called him back down to Copperas Cove last week for the dedication of Robert Griffin III Boulevard which the township just named in honor of its most famous son.  In spite of the rainy day, some 500 local residents turned out for the dedication attesting to Griffins’ popularity in the small Texas town located just outside of Waco.

RGIII signed some autographs and took time out to spend with some of the children in attendance.  He told the kids, “Every little kid out there has a dream, everybody says they want something but it’s not enough to want it, you have to be willing to sacrifice for it.”  Baylor will be offering a quarterback scholarship in Griffin’s name to some needy student athlete next year.

Plans for the Boulevard apparently got started back when Griffin won the Heisman Trophy and the street was to be named Heisman Way in honor of Griffin and all that he had accomplished at near-by Baylor University. RG3 was even honored on the Texas Senate floor and Senator Kirk Watson of Austin recalls how Griffin somehow managed to get the Texas lawmakers cheering for a Redskin…..a rare occurrence indeed.

Another bright spot for RGIII these days is the apparent progress that he is making toward his recovery from a horrendous knee injury last year which most of us had the dis-pleasure to watch on national TV.

Griffin had ACL & MCL repair surgery back in January and says that his knee is “doing good” and that he will be ready to play next season.  Note that he didn’t say when next season, but still, that’s encouraging news for Washington Redskin fans.

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan also confirmed that RG3 was recovering faster than anticipated but some take his word on the subject with a grain of salt after Shanahan left Griffin in that last game when he was obviously in pain.

As testament to Griffin’s popularity in the Waco area, a local TV station will be broadcasting all of the Redskin’s games next season…..right slap dab in the middle of Cowboy country.

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