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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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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.

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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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