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Rapper Wale nicknames Robert Griffin III ‘Thrizzle’ (Video)

Robert Griffin III is only entering his rookie season, and he already has more than one nickname. There is the popular “RG3″ that he earned in college, but Osi Umenyiora doesn’t believe he deserves a “cool” nickname like that until he accomplishes something at the NFL level. That’s why Osi said he’s going to call him “Bob.” If Umenyiora feels like Griffin doesn’t deserve a nickname that is simply an abbreviation of his full name, he certainly won’t like the name rapper Wale recently gave the Redskins rookie.

“I got a chance to talk to Thrizzle,” Wale told WJLA on Monday. “Thrizzle’s my nickname for RG3. The word RG3, I’m hearing that too much. I just say Thrizzle. Just Thrizzle. RGThrizzle.”

Wale said he doesn’t know if Griffin is aware of his new nickname yet, but he will be soon enough. If the rapper decides to incorporate it into a song, RG3 will probably never hear the end of it. Wale also talked about how humble Griffin is unlike many other first-round draft picks, which seems to be the case since we saw him carrying shoulder pads earlier this week. The nickname Thrizzle is simply going to add to the hype.

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RG3 carries helmets after Redskins practice (Video)

Robert Griffin III may be the Redskins’ franchise quarterback and a player they traded many draft picks to obtain, but he’s not above participating in some traditional rookie hazing.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was filmed by CSN Washington carrying the helmets of his teammates after Redskins practice on Thursday. Some players around the league (and even his teammates) are trying to keep him humble despite all the hype. He seems to be handling it well. And by handling it well, I mean not pulling a Dez Bryant.

Let’s see if he still has the same smile on his face when they give him the ol’ Friar Tuck hairdo.

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Osi Umenyiora calls Robert Griffin III ‘Bob,’ says he needs to earn RG3 nickname

Typically there are two types of nicknames for players in sports: achievement-based nicknames and ones that just stem from a person’s name like you or I would have. Robert Griffin III’s nickname falls under the latter category. The former Baylor star has probably been called a fair share of names that have to do with his athletic ability, but people normally call him RG3 because of his actual name. Despite that, Osi Umenyiora still feels as though Griffin has to earn the nickname.

“Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?” Umenyiora said on WFAN Tuesday according to the NY Post. “You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL we’re gonna call him RG3. Right now he’s Bob Griffin.”

For starters, RG3 is no more of a nickname for Robert than Bob is. Umenyiora’s point is that Griffin doesn’t deserve a “cool” nickname until he has accomplished something, but calling the Redskins quarterback RG3 is no different from calling former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Darnell McDonald “D-Mac.”

In reality, Osi is just talking a little trash — which we know he loves to do when it comes to division rivals. He’s trying to rattle the rookie a little bit, and there’s no harm in that. Having said that, it’s not like anyone is calling Griffin “The Chosen One” or “King Robert.” RG3 is nothing more than an abbreviated form of his actual name.

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Matt Barkley is confident he would have been drafted ahead of Robert Griffin III

After throwing for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last season, USC quarterback Matt Barkley would have been a very high pick in the 2012 draft had he not chosen stay in school for his senior season. If he can duplicate that production again this season, Barkley should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. There’s a good chance one of the reasons he chose to return to USC this season is that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were already expected to be the first two quarterbacks selected. While Barkley admits that Luck likely would have been taken ahead of him, he’s not convinced the same can be said of RG3.

“I had confidence that I was going to go high, it wasn’t really a question of that as to why I came back,” Barkley said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday. “I think it was a sure bet that Andrew was going to go No. 1.”

Patrick then asked Barkley if he thought he would have been the second quarterback selected and he gave the following response.

“I had confidence in that — I think I could have been.”

With the way Washington pursued RG3, it’s probably safe to say they were in love with him long before Barkley even decided to return to USC for his senior season. Barkley almost certainly would have been taken ahead of Ryan Tannehill, which is why the Dolphins were the big losers when he decided not to leave school early.

I’m not knocking Barkley for being confident, but there were some NFL scouts who even liked Griffin more than Luck. Whether he believes he would have been taken ahead of the Baylor star or not, he made the right decision in waiting until 2013 to enter the draft.

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Robert Griffin III says he thinks about competing in the Olympics

Most people are well aware of what a tremendous athlete Robert Griffin III is. If you watched any of the Baylor games over the past couple of years, you know that Griffin has an extremely rare combination of arm strength, speed and football IQ. What you may not know, however, is that he also happens to be a track star in the 400-meter hurdles. If RG3 wasn’t busy preparing to begin his NFL career with the Redskins, he would have a shot at qualifying for the London Olympics. According to the NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, that is something that has crossed Griffin’s mind.

The US Olympic track & field trials were going on last night, featuring (Griffin’s) event, the 400-meter hurdles. RGIII couldn’t ignore it, especially considering that he has beaten a bunch of guys who tried to win Olympic spots last night. On a whim, I asked the former Baylor track star if he ever wondered… what if? He said he did. He loves football. No doubt that’s his priority. But he sounded like a guy who wanted one more challenge.

“If I wake up one day and it’s 2016 and I say I want to go run the hurdles again,” Griffin said, smiling like crazy while his people nearly had a heart attack, “I can do that.”

The Redskins are hoping that is not the case. If Griffin wakes up four years from now and decides he wants to try out for the Olympics, that probably means his NFL career didn’t pan out. Based on some of the things his teammates have said about him already, I’m guessing RG3 has more than a four-year career ahead of him. If he wasn’t the real deal, would Kim Kardashian be showing interest in him?

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Kim Kardashian reportedly showed interest in Robert Griffin III

Kim Kardashian is known to be quite lecherous for a professional athlete or two. So, when we heard she was allegedly gauging her interest in a newly drafted Robert Griffin III, we could help but to roll our eyes.

It happened during a live taping of the show “30 Rock” in April. Kardashian was set to have a guest appearance. Griffin, drafted by the Redskins down the street at Radio City hours prior, stopped by the studio to watch the taping. That’s when Kardashian saw this sharply dressed, athletically fit man about to be entrenched in dollar signs. And given how the Kardashians practically use SportsCenter as a dating service, Kim couldn’t help but to inquire about this man they call RG3.

One of the show’s executive producers, Jack Burditt, was recently a guest on “The Rich Eisen Podcast,” and he explained what happened.

“She sat next to me while we were watching the show on the monitor and RG3 is a few seats down, and during the commercial break she starts asking me questions about him,” Burditt told Eisen. “Like, ‘Now he’s a football player, right?’ I’m like, yeah, yeah, yeah. And [Kardashian asks] ‘And he just…something big happened, right?’ And I’m like, well yeah, he just was the No. 2 overall pick tonight. [Kardashian asks] ‘And what team?’ Washington. [Kardashian asks] ‘What’s Washington?’ Redskins. She goes, ‘I don’t know much about football, but, so what’s his deal?’ And I’m thinking, you stay away from him. This is a nice young man.”

Jeez, it almost sounds like this woman is trying to decide on a car. But while Kardashian wasn’t explicit with her motives, Burditt knew what going on in her prurient mind.

“She wasn’t quite sure who he was,” he said. “But her inner alarm was going off.”

Kim, mind you, at the time had recently started dating Kanye West, and RG3 and his girlfriend, Rebecca Liddicoat, were engaged. So, for both their sakes (especially RG3′s) and the rest of human kind’s, we’re glad nothing happened.

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Santana Moss on Robert Griffin III: ‘He’s that dude’

You don’t have to pay very close attention to the NFL offseason to know that there is a lot of hype surrounding Robert Griffin III. Andrew Luck may have been the top overall pick in the draft, but RG3 is by far the most intriguing rookie in the league at the moment. If you ask his teammates, the buzz is well deserved.

“He has a pretty good zip on the ball,” Santana Moss said earlier this week according to CSNWashington.com. “He has a quick release and that’s something I didn’t expect until I got out there and started going through practice with him. Once I had seen a couple of throws, I was like, ‘He’s that dude.’”

Moss added that Washington has been looking for “that dude” for quite some time now. Griffin has yet to even play an exhibition game at the NFL level, but his teammates are already excited by what they see in practice. Last week, another Redskin said RG3 is way ahead of where Michael Vick was at this stage in his career. Moss, however, believes RG3 needs only be compared to himself.

“To be here with him practicing, going over the plays and seeing how he can throw the ball, that was an eye-opener for a lot of us,” Moss said. “He’s going to be compared to a lot of folks and a lot of people, but I feel like he can only be himself.”

Griffin is “that dude” and is about te become the first player in NFL history with Roman numerals on his jersey, so there’s no arguing he’s one of a kind. Let’s just hope living up to high expectations isn’t something that makes him nervous.

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