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Robert Griffin III will become first NFL player with Roman numerals on his jersey

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:

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Orioles fan has custom Robert Griffin III jersey (Picture)

With the Orioles currently in first place in the powerhouse A.L. East, the Nationals just 1.5 games behind Atlanta in the N.L. East, and the Redskins having drafted Robert Griffin III, things are slowly starting to improve in the Maryland area. Fans have a reason for optimism, and that optimism spans across multiple sports platforms for a change. As you can see from the photo above that DC Sports Bog passed along, an Orioles fan decided to customize an RG3 jersey and wear it to Nationals Park on Friday night.

The unique thing about this jersey is that in the past you would likely see an O’s fan do something like this to show how irrelevant the Orioles have become. So far this season, it’s an example of how fans in the Maryland-D.C. area actually have something to celebrate. RG3′s quirky socks approve of this message.

Thanks to @matttp21 for the photo

Robert Griffin III is trademarking his name, RG3, and phrase ‘Unbelievably Believable’

Robert Griffin III is already more than a household name, and if all goes to plan for the Redskins he’s going to be an NFL superstar. As we know, these things don’t always turn out the way teams hope they will. But Griffin isn’t taking any chances. If and when he becomes a celebrity athlete, nobody is going to be making money off RG3′s name without permission.

According to ChangeLegal.com, Griffin hired an attorney after he declared for the NFL Draft and has since created a company called Thr3escompany, LLC. He has submitted applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for four trademarks, three of which involve his name and one which is a phrase. Griffin has applied for patents on the name Robert Griffin III as well as the abbreviations RG3 and RGIII. He is also trademarking the phrase “Unbelievably Believable.” As ChangeLegal.com reminded us, Griffin described the moment he received the Heisman Trophy as “unbelievably believable.”

Griffin has trademarked the three names with the intention of selling merchandise while the phrase is intended for “promoting the goods and services of others, sponsorship of sports and athletic events and activities.” There’s no word yet on whether or not he plans to trademark the act of wearing childish socks to adult events.

While RG3 will probably take a lot of heat for the trademarks — especially the phrase “unbelievably believable” — it’s a smart business move on his part.  As we learned with Tim Tebow and the Tebowing website as well as Jeremy Lin with the California weed shops, trademarking your name ahead of time isn’t necessarily a bad idea.

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Robert Griffin III wears Redskins ‘Go Catch Your Dream’ socks to draft (Picture)

Robert Griffin III was selected second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Redskins, as expected. The moment we were all waiting for wasn’t the announcement of who Washington was picking, but what socks RG3 decided to wear.

Griffin showed off a new brand of Adidas socks made in the Redskins colors that say “Go Catch Your Dream.” The saying is one coined by Baylor football coach Art Briles who shared that message with his players. Griffin explained what it means.

“A lot of times when you chase something, you never catch it. So if you say ‘Hey, I’m going to go catch my dream,’ you’re already telling yourself that you’re going to get it. That’s the message to all the kids out there,” Griffin told ESPN.

Here’s a recap of all the colorful socks Griffin has worn in the past, along with a closer look at the socks:

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Robert Griffin III thinks he could have been top pick before declining Colts workout

Well before the 2011 season had even come to a close, many believe the Colts had already made up their minds about drafting Andrew Luck. It made for a dramatic storyline with Peyton Manning, but it was the obvious choice. Earlier this week, the Colts finally confirmed those plans. As far as Robert Griffin III is concerned, his unwillingness to join Indianapolis for a private workout helped them decide what to do with the No. 1 pick.

“They offered me a private workout and we refused. I didn’t do any private workouts for anybody,” Griffin said Wednesday according to the Washington Post. “After that, I think feelings might’ve been hurt or something like that. I went to D.C. on a visit and (Indianapolis) didn’t offer a visit at all, and so we kind of knew what direction they were going. But Andrew’s their guy. You can’t be mad about that.”

Griffin did win the Heisman, so you can understand where his confidence comes from. That being said, I think the Colts inviting him for a private workout was more a case of the team doing its due diligence. Unless RG3 absolutely blew the Colts away during a private workout, chances are they were still going to select Luck. He may have made their decision a little easier by refusing, but I highly doubt Indy was heavily influenced by RG3 turning down their request.

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Subway makes a Robert Griffin III statue out of sandwiches (Picture)

That, folks, is Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in Subway sandwich form. According to the accompanying tweet that RG3 sent with the photo, that is the former Baylor quarterback’s head and shoulders sculpted out of smokehouse barbecue chicken. I personally don’t order hot subs from Subway and I certainly wouldn’t eat one that came off a star athlete sculpture, but RG3 must be flattered.

The good news is by tweeting a picture of something that has to do with himself, Griffin is safe. We wouldn’t want to see another embarrassing mix-up like the one we all got to witness over the weekend. Actually, yes we would.

RG3 makes embarrassing Twitter mistake with Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan is a popular gal. That’s especially the case on Twitter, where some of her thousands of adoring fans often attempt some harmless (and hopeless) flirting with the soccer star. (She’s taken, fellas. But, hey, we don’t blame you for trying.) But at least those fans know what she looks like. Can’t say the same for Robert Griffin III when he tried to jump on the Alex Morgan bandwagon this week.

Observe:

Oh, well this is nice. Honestly, who isn’t an RGIII fan? Well, other than Von Miller.

Shameless tweet by Griffin. But this is Alex Morgan we’re talking about. Can’t say we blame him. Let’s see how she responds.

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