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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DeAngelo Hall says Robert Griffin III understands what it takes mentally to be great, unlike Michael Vick

From a skill standpoint, Robert Griffin III should be honored to be compared to Michael Vick. Both are mobile quarterbacks who have cannons for arms and insane play-making ability. As far as an NFL career in concerned, Griffin would probably rather avoid the Vick comparisons. As in, I’m sure RG3 has no intention of being kept out of football for two years because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring. According to Griffin’s current teammate and Vick’s former teammate DeAngelo Hall, RG3 understands what it takes to win more than Vick did when he entered the league.

“Me and (Griffin) have been talking for the last 4 or 5 months now and I told him the scary part is his progression now as a quarterback and an athlete,” Hall said during an interview with 980 ESPN’s The Sports Fix in D.C. “I feel like he’s light years ahead of Michael Vick because he understands mentally what it takes to be great.

“Mike felt like he could go out athletically and be great. RG3 is like I know athletically I’m pretty good, but I want to be mentally great. If I can be mentally great and athletically good or great then it is scary. His ability to want to be that great quarterback now and just a great athlete is what is going to separate him from all the other guys out there.”

They may be different people and different players, but light years ahead? That’s a lot of hype to live up to, not that there wasn’t already plenty of buzz surrounding Griffin to begin with. Perhaps RG3 is significantly further in his progression than Vick was at this stage in his career, but forgive me for not taking Hall’s word for it given his reputation for saying ridiculous things.

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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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