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The Early Life of Robert Griffin III

Mason Bird

Dedicated sports fan Mason Bird has been following several professional teams and athletes for a number of years and especially enjoys watching the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Mets. Mason Bird is also a fan of such athletes as Peyton Manning, LeBron James, and Robert Griffin III.

Born in Okinawa, Japan, to two army sergeants, Robert Lee Griffin III lived in Washington State and New Orleans before his family settled in Copperas Cove, Texas. His athletic ability began to become apparent to others during high school, where he demonstrated a strong talent for both track and field and football. He established several state records for the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles as a junior and was named the Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the 2006-2007 season. Meanwhile, he threw 16 touchdowns and 1,356 yards as a senior quarterback for the school.
Before graduating a semester early from high school, Griffin enrolled at Baylor University to play football under coach Art Briles. The up-and-coming athlete continued his involvement in track and field during his early years in college, earning All-American honors and placing 11th in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. However, he soon quit the sport to focus on football.
By 2011, Griffin had gained national attention for his talent and became known as RG3. He led Baylor’s team to the number 13 spot in the final AP Poll in 2011 and earned the Heisman Memorial Trophy. After graduating a semester early, he was drafted by the Washington Redskins as the number two overall pick in 2012.

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