He's been called many things--Heisman Trophy winner, MVP, the savior of the Washington Redskins franchise, the next face of the NFL--but to his millions of fans across the country, Robert Griffin III is known simply as RG3.
From a very young age, RG3's ability as an athlete was obvious, but football was not a compenent of his athletic career. Destined for stardom, but what would he pursue? He excelled in basketball--his true love; in track--he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials--but what career would it be?
Football, the only sport that really mattered in Griffin's small Texas town, required his mother's permission, which he was unable to obtain until a "Pinkie Promise" in which he promised to never let anyone catch him. Soon after, RG3 began to realize that all of his remarkable talents--unrivaled speed, pinpoint accuracy, exceptional intelligence, single-minded drive--combined into a potent force that few quarterbacks could rival. What followed seemed determined: a football scholarship to Baylor University, three exceptional seasons capped by winning the Heisman Trophy, and the 2012 draft-where Griffin, as the second overall pick, became the franchise quarterback for one of the oldest and most storied football teams in the country.
In RG3: The Promise Washington Post reporter Dave Sheinin provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Griffin's first year in the NFL, from how he got there to his record-breaking first game to the frightening knee injury that ended the Redskins' playoff hopes. An award-winning journalist himself, Sheinin has reported on Griffin's rookie season every step of the way, and now has written a unique, intimate look inside the transformation of one of the NFL's brightest young stars.
an engrossing portrait of Griffin
Sheinins work transcends RG3s on-field heroics, focusing instead on the psychological portrait of a man whose personality and demeanor appear at odds with the typical franchise quarterback. Insightful, engaging and a must-read for sports fans interested in teasing out the true RG3.
[E]xcellent look at Griffin
Sheinins look at the positive influence of Griffins family, as well as a game-by-game analysis
perfectly captures the quarterbacks appeal.
In his rookie year, RG3 had the highest-selling NFL jersey. This thorough biography will likewise be sought out by football fans everywhere.
Robert Griffin III is the most exciting athlete to come to Washington in 20 years. And there's nobody better to write about him than Dave Sheinin. Dave Sheinin writes like Robert Griffin plays.
Robert Griffin III was THE story in Washington even before the Redskins drafted him and Dave Sheinin has chronicled that story from day one with the kind of insight not often seen in this era of the insulated, over-protected athlete. Griffin's story is worth telling and Sheinin is uniquely qualified to tell it.
A skillfully told tale of the most exciting young player the NFL may have ever seen. Dave Sheinin holds nothing back. With RG3s insight, he examines the dark side of the game and leaves us wondering if football in some places has become something less than human.
New York Timesbestselling author and former Atlanta Falcons defensive end
Sometimes there is a life in sports you want to know about before a career plays itself out. Robert Griffin III has had one of those lives, as interesting as the way he plays football.
There is no doubt that Robert Griffin IIIthat would be RG3, in modern text-speakis the face of the professional football future. He is the mobile quarterback in a mobile time, dashing and daring, an escape artist who can win games with his feet or his arms, then talk about what he did in complete and interesting sentences. Alas, the danger of his job was underlined in his last game of last season, when he limped off the field, headed for major knee surgery. Will he be able to stay in one piece long enough to fulfill all of his promise? Or will the violence of his chosen game make him another famous casualty? Dave Sheinin looks at all of this and more in his sweet biography of footballs newest star. Terrific stuff.
New York Timesbestselling author and sports columnist
Dave Sheinin meticulously describes the collision of a nice young man and a brutal sport. Here is everything a reader needs to know about the perils of the new age of the mobile quarterback.
former New York Times sports columnist and author of Stan Musial: An American Life