Sports Talk #1

I may be a Texas Longhorn fan by heart (and by blood), but I felt the need to express how happy I am for our City of Waco and yes even Baylor. Thanks to Baylor’s quarterback Robert Griffin III who has done soooo much for Baylor and most of all for the City of Waco. Gone are the days of “oh yeah I’ve heard of Waco isn’t that the place where that cult guy was from? Not anymore….now it’s known as, “the city of Heisman Trophy winner RG3?!?. The guy on the front cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 2013?!?” It may not seem like a big deal to most, especially college football hungry cities, but for Waco, TX and Baylor Football, this is the start of something new. Something this city has been waiting a long time for.

– DJ Hunter

Robert Griffin III

Now I present to you, Robert Griffin III

RG3 picked for EA Sports game cover

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin won’t be playing football for Baylor next fall, but even while he dons an NFL jersey, he’ll still be representing the Bears.

Griffin was selected as the cover model for Electronic Arts annual video game “NCAA Football 13,” which will hit store shelves just weeks before the 2012-13 college football season begins. He was back on campus — wearing his Baylor uniform — for the cover photo shoot, the first time the photo has been taken on the player’s college campus.

Griffin, the 2010-11 Heisman Trophy winner, led the Bears to a 10-3 record and a shootout Alamo Bowl victory over Washington in December.

RG3 signs with Adidas

Heisman Trophy-winning Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III doesn’t yet know whose uniform he’ll be wearing after the NFL Draft on April 26, but he already knows whose shoes he’ll be wearing.

Adidas announced that Griffin has joined the company’s team of endorsees, with shoes and apparel to be developed for him. A YouTube video is already up proclaiming “RGIII is All In” and telling Griffin “Welcome to the family.”

Griffin said yesterday that he’ll be taking part in drills at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis as well as interviewing with teams, but that he’ll save showing off his throwing until his pro day March 21.

No word as yet on what socks he’ll be wearing with his new Adidas shoes…

Lastly Here is the NFL Combine Story featuring Robert Griffin III

INDIANAPOLIS — In a hallway at Lucas Oil Stadium, just a few hours after Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III blazed 40 yards in 4.41 seconds on the nearby field Sunday, Rams general manager Les Snead had plenty of reasons to be happy.

The first one? He likes Griffin. He’s liked him since he began chronicling the quarterback’s development as a freshman. He likes his intelligence, his passion, his charisma. All were qualities Snead cited while explaining his pleasure in RGIII’s big weekend.

“Whether we pick second or 32nd, I’m going to pull for that human being,” Snead said. “He’s such a likeable guy.”

But Snead already has his quarterback. He says he’s ready to start his new job as the Rams’ point man with Sam Bradford under center — which makes his rooting interest in Griffin that much more, well, interesting.

As Griffin wraps up his NFL Scouting Combine having solidified his place as the second-most-coveted player in this year’s draft, his speedy feet and savvy head have made him the combine’s unofficial winner. It might, as a result, create a very intriguing draft weekend in late April.

With the Indianapolis Colts expected to make Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck the first player taken overall, Snead now holds the magic pick, and the number of teams desiring it might have just grown.

“I’ve definitely heard there’s a rumor that there’s two good quarterbacks in this draft,” Snead joked. “I’ve heard that. We’re going to be prepared for all options, especially if multiple teams think there are two good quarterbacks and one goes first.”

There would seem to be a limit to how much an elite player can increase his stock at the combine, particularly in Griffin’s case, considering he didn’t even throw passes. But if a team on the brink of falling in love with the Heisman Trophy winner went into this weekend needing a little push, they might have just gotten it.

So although it looks like it makes sense for the Cleveland Browns — currently picking fourth and 22nd in the first round — to trade into that second spot, Griffin’s work in Indianapolis could create quite the bidding war. Yes, the type that merits massive compensation. Tell the auctioneer to warm up the vocal cords: Do we hear two first-round picks? How about three first-round picks?

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“It’s up to other teams who feel they need a QB to decide if RGIII is the right player to fill that need,” Snead said.

Maybe the Miami Dolphins are one of those teams. Maybe the Washington Redskins. Maybe the Browns. Maybe another team — one that nobody is talking about — will unexpectedly get into the mix and only drive up the price even more. Whatever the case, the lesson from this weekend became clear every time the spotlight panned Griffin’s direction:

He looks everything like the real deal.

“You only have 15 minutes to talk to guys and that goes pretty quickly when you’re talking to (an) entertaining young man like he is,” said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who met with him Friday. “He’s very sharp. He’s well thought out. He gives great answers. We could have talked to him for an hour.

“But in the 15 minutes he had, we came away very impressed with him.”

This is one of the reasons — coupled with a display of speed that has only been bettered by a quarterback at the combine once since 2000 — why a mystery team might be the best bet when guessing where Griffin will land.

Given the skills of Luck and Griffin, even teams with young quarterbacks already in place are making sure they properly study both prospects.

“I think you have to do your due diligence,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “Even though we have a guy we feel very confident with, our scouts, our personnel department, everyone will do a good job evaluating both quarterbacks.”

The price, of course, will only continue to rise if Griffin continues to perform for general managers and coaches as he did this weekend in Indianapolis. He’ll have chance to do so again March 21 at his Baylor Pro Day. That’s the next step — when he’ll actually throw passes and show whether his arm is as elite as his feet.

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In the meantime, Snead will continue to monitor Griffin’s progress, just as he’s done for years, to find out whether the quarterback will earn him the type of compensation that could make the Rams the real winners of this year’s draft.

Until then, however, there was little question who won this weekend: That honor, without a doubt, goes to RGIII.

“I hope somebody falls in love with me, other than my fiancé,” Griffin said. “That’s what you want. As a player, you want a team that really wants you. That’s what I’m looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to making somebody fall in love with me.”


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