There are more numerical references in Robert Griffin III’s name than there were people accompanying him to Monday afternoon’s E:60 shoot in New York.
The former Baylor quarterback walked into the Drawing Room of the Intercontinental Hotel The Barclay New York with just his fiancé Rebecca Liddicoat and Mark Heligman, marketing agent at Creative Artists Agency.
It was a small “entourage” for the Heisman Trophy winner and projected No. 2 overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft.
“He was all broad smiles, happy to see everyone and shook everyone’s hand,” said E:60 producer Dave Salerno. “They were on time, but even called us earlier saying they were running late.”
It will be a late night for Salerno, who was driving back to Bristol, Conn. Monday afternoon, preparing to work into the “wee hours” on the piece which will run on Tuesday’s E:60 NFL Draft Special (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The Washington Redskins’ expected first-round pick said he thinks he’ll fit right into their scheme.
“I’m looking forward to going to D.C.,” Griffin told reporter Rachel Nichols.
“I saw seven different variations of my name on a shirt, when I was there. . .They’ll get a franchise quarterback, or a young quarterback that they can develop… They just need someone they can believe in, and I’m happy that I can be that guy.”
Griffin was a cooperative subject for Salerno, his three-camera crew and Nichols.
“He responded to recent criticism from unnamed scouts, and was very diplomatic and honest in addressing comments made by Donovan McNabb about playing for coach [Mike] Shanahan in Washington,” Salerno said.
“He was very thoughtful, and very easy to deal with.”
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