Introducing the new face of the Redskins: Robert Griffin III

Competitive, driven and media savvy, RGIII boasts the qualities of a star

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“I was up here on nights, put him in a chair, and we kept throwing the football throughout the whole season,” Robert Jr. said.

Jacqueline was a fixture at Copperas Cove’s football practices. When the team would take the field, she’d be in her usual place on a cement slab on the sideline with a book, an umbrella and a video camera.

Copperas Cove’s coaching staff records practices from an elevated perch. After Robert III broke down film of practice with the team, he’d go home and watch Jacqueline’s video with his father.

The training and oversight was indisputably intense. Some might interpret it as excessive. Robert III seems to thrive on it.

“Knowing the style of the parents and the heart of the parents, I think it was a desire of Robert‘s,” Copperas Cove coach Jack Welch said. “They were willing to help Robert any way he wanted to.”

Griffin’s competitive drive so consumed him that he often eschewed activities other high school kids consider normal. That meshed with his affinity for solitude. He preferred training to hanging out.

“It’s not like I was a cyborg,” Griffin said. “I had fun. I just wasn’t having the type of fun everyone else was having, which was why I didn’t dally into alcohol, drugs or random acts of stupidness.”

Griffin finishes his last interview inside the nightclub and scoots through the crowd into the reserved area to join his family. The party is hopping now. The beats are turned up.

True to form, Griffin remains for only one hour. Long before the 1 a.m. closing time, he leaves the revelry to others and rolls out into the night. Time to recharge before the next item on the agenda.

‘I believe in my abilities’

It’s Wednesday morning at a park in Chelsea, and Coach RG3 is rallying his team of grade-school girls during a light flag-football game at the NFL’s Play 60 event.

“Interceptions, that’s what we do around here,” he tells his defense.

Moments later, one of his girls intercepts a deflected pass.

“Run!” Griffin yells before lead-blocking her return to the end zone. He’s smiling the whole time. It comes naturally.

After the game, several top draft prospects address the kids. All stress the importance of daily activity to stay fit. Griffin, however, delivers a different message.

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