The Panini America Interview: An Exclusive Chat with the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III
Through the first 10 games of a mostly spectacular rookie season, it’s safe to say that Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has been something dangerously close to a perfect (No.) 10. Just as he did while winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor University, Griffin has met even the most inflated preseason expectations by remaining a high-character good guy off the field and a devilish, double-edged dilemma on it.
Shutdown that laser-guided rocket-launcher of a right arm and he’ll deploy Fred Astaire feet and sprinter speed to make plays you’d swear were leaked from a Madden 14 prototype. Take away his running lanes and force him to the air? Yeah, he can beat you that way, too.
And almost certainly, the charismatic Griffin will be flashing that trademark high-voltage smile while doing it.
The Texas native enters this afternoon’s Thanksgiving Day game against the NFC East-rival Dallas Cowboys with more than 2,800 total yards (including 613 rushing), 18 total touchdowns (including a team-leading six rushing) and just three interceptions. He also comes to town as a smoking-hot football-card commodity, something Panini America has known intimately since before Griffin was drafted.
Indeed, Griffin has joined Panini Authentic exclusive Andrew Luck to headline one of the most exciting Rookie Card classes in recent memory, creating a bona fide secondary-market sensation that should only intensify next week with the release of 2012 Absolute Football.
During last May’s 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler sat down with Griffin for an exclusive interview to discuss, among other things, his tremendous socks appeal, his favorite smart phone app, the one fellow rookie he’s collecting this season and what he’d do if he was in charge of Panini America for one day.
Enjoy the interview. Enjoy the games today. And above all else, happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Panini America.