Robert Griffin III is becoming a pioneer in the football world. He became the first Baylor University player to win the Heisman Trophy, and now he’s becoming the first NFL player with Roman numerals on the back of his jersey, according to Uni Watch’s research.
Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas says the NFL added a rule that allows generational titles on players’ nameplates. Griffin’s teammate Roy Helu Jr. will also change the back of his jersey to include “Jr.”
Lukas believes that Griffin will become the first player in any of the four major sports to have a Roman numeral on the back. He also speculates that Griffin’s desire to have this inclusion is tied to his endorsement deal with adidas. Lukas points out that the Roman numeral three looks similar to adidas’ three stripes logo.
We know adidas wasted no time coming up with their first RG3 product, so that wouldn’t be a surprise. We also know how concerned Griffin is about everything regarding his last name, so that furthers the notion that this was a conscious decision.
Griffin later acknowledged his place in history, tweeting the following:
@RGIII: 1st professional athlete in NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL to wear Roman Numeral on the back of their jersey? Truly an Honor for my family
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 24, 2012
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