It is the feel good story of "local man hits it big" for the 32,000 residents of the quiet town of Copperas Cove, Texas outside of Waco, as their most famous resident, Washington Redskins quarterback RG3 was on hand for the dedication of Robert Griffin III Boulevard Friday.
Despite inclement weather, approximately 500 residents attended the ceremony and Griffin signed autographs and spent time with some children in the crowd.
According to KXXV-TV.com, Griffin said, "Every little kid out there has a dream, everybody says they want something but its not enough to want it, you have to be willing to sacrifice for it."
The proposal to name a roadway after RG3 surfaced after he won the Heisman trophy and before his NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year season had even begun.
The roadway was originally going to be named Heisman Way in honor of Griffin and his collegiate achievements while a student-athlete at nearby Baylor University.
Plans for the official dedication were on hold for weeks so that Griffin and his family could personally be in attendance.
"I think the city and Robert Griffin III will appreciate this," Councilman Gary Kent told the local newspaper, the Killeen Daily Herald, after the idea was approved in July 2012. "I think this is something that people from all around will come to see how our hometown man is appreciated here."
RG3 attended Copperas Cove High School, and was not among the Top 40 football players in the state following his senior year. He drew more interest from colleges as a member of the track and field team.
During his junior year in high school, RG3 set state records in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, earning him the Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award.
In a conversation I had March 7 with the local ABC affiliate KXXV-TV, news director Dennis Kinney said his station was sending their news team, not their sports team, to cover the event.
Kinney said RG3's influence had such wide-sweeping interest that a local radio station in Waco broadcasts the Washington Redskins football games during the regular season....deep in the heart of Texas and Dallas Cowboys territory.
That may be the biggest honor of them all.
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