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RG3: The Promise

Format:  Hardcover,

354 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Aug 2013

ISBN-13: 9780399165450

ISBN-10: 0399165452

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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.
Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those days he played nearly every sport "except "football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball, his true favorite, or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as a hurdler? As for playing football, the only sport that really mattered in Griffin's small Texas town, first he had to overcome his mother's objections to the violence and danger--which he did by making a "Pinkie Promise" with her that no one would catch him. Eventually, he 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 almost destined: 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 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.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Aug 2013
ISBN-13: 9780399165450
ISBN-10: 0399165452
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 354
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.25

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Review by Library Journal (2013-08-01)

Robert Griffin III grew up in a military family and seems to have absorbed all the positive qualities that such an environment can offer, valuing hard work, with discipline, poise, and dedication as his lodestars. As a rookie quarterback with the Redskins in 2012, he set new first-year marks for passer rating, interception percentage, and yards rushing by a quarterback. Still, Sheinin (sports reporter, Washington Post), who primarily covers baseball, paints Griffin, widely known by the nickname RG3, almost as a tragic figure owing to the nature of his playing style, the team's play selection tendencies, and the brutal nature of the sport. Sheinin comes across as deeply disturbed by the inherent violence of football and posits that, given the injuries RG3 has suffered and those inevitably to come, we may have already seen the best of this celebrated player.

Verdict: In his rookie year, RG3 had the highest-selling NFL jersey. This thorough biography will likewise be sought out by football fans everywhere.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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.

Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those days he played nearly every sport except football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball, his true favorite, or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as a hurdler? As for playing football, the only sport that really mattered in Griffin’s small Texas town, first he had to overcome his mother’s objections to the violence and danger—which he did by making a “Pinkie Promise” with her that no one would catch him. Eventually, he 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 almost destined: 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 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.

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