It has been said that you know you've made it in pop culture if Saturday Night Live does a parody skit about you or featuring your likeness. For actors, it's the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What about athletes? For the Washington Redskins' star rookie quarterback—it's now Robert Griffin III Boulevard.
As early as July 2012 the idea had floated around Copperas Cove, Texas, to name a new section of roadway after their hometown hero, Baylor University alum, Heisman Trophy winner and record-setting NFL rookie.
The local newspaper in Copperas Cove, the Killeen Daily Herald, continues to update residents on the progress of the roadway and major intersection at a new shopping plaza in town. The latest is that the street sign is already up, with a dedication in the works. Twitter user @StuntManGraham posted a picture on Friday:
When the idea to name the newly constructed boulevard first surfaced, the support for the idea was widespread among not only residents but city council members.
Last summer the newspaper featured the story and the local support it had received.
"I think the city and Robert Griffin III will appreciate this," said Councilman Gary Kent, one of two council members who spoke in favor of the roadway. "I think this is something that people from all around will come to see how our hometown man is appreciated here."
Copperas Cove is a relatively small town by Texas standards (14 square miles) located in the middle of the state with a population of 32,000. The largest nearby city is Waco.
The city is working on a dedication ceremony with Robert Griffin III present; however, no finalized date has been set.
With all of the 2012 Redskins' team records, NFL rookie records, postseason awards and special recognition bestowed on RG3, I think this might be his most valued and esteemed honor to date.