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Robert Griffin III: Jersey Sales Record Magnifies Pressure on RG3 to Succeed
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Robert Griffin III has millions of adoring fans—many of whom purchased his NFL jersey, and all of whom expect big things from the Washington Redskins quarterback. 

ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reported on RG3's record-breaking jersey sales on Tuesday, April 9:

Robert Griffin III not only ended the year with the best selling jersey in the league, more of his No. 10 jerseys were sold in the NFL this fiscal year than any jersey in league history. Exact sales numbers on NFLShop.com from April 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013, were not revealed by the NFL.

As if this young man didn't already have enough pressure on his shoulders. 

Forget about Peyton Manning

Forget about Deion Sanders.

Forget about Jerry Rice.

All three of these men were/are legends who will be or are already in the Hall of Fame, but throughout their storied careers, none of them were able to generate the kind of buzz and popularity that RG3 has generated. 

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And he's only been in the league for one year.

If anyone can handle the pressure, though, it's Griffin. He has a rock-solid family behind him and a level of maturity well beyond his youthful appearance.

Looking at the talent he brings to the game and his desire to be the best he can be, it's no surprise that the hype surrounding RG3 is at an all-time high. 

Fans watched RG3 take a Redskins team that won just five games in 2011 to the playoffs in 2012, defeating Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East divisional title in the final game of the regular season. 

Most fans expect this to be just the tip of the iceberg. 

Blessed with a rocket for an arm (laser-guided, mind you), speed enough to beat all 11 defenders on any given play and the kind of leadership that wins teammates and ballgames, RG3 is the real deal. 

Granted, RG3 is coming off knee surgery and showed himself to be injury prone at times as a rookie, but fans figure he'll learn when to slide and avoid big hits in the future. 

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You can't keep taking hits like this, young man...

As long as Griffin stays healthy, keeps winning games and keeps himself out of trouble, fans are going to continue adoring him. Should he find himself unfortunately injured once again or has a sophomore slump, many of those same adoring fans will start to question loyalties.

It's a fickle business, being the face of the NFL, and it's one RG3 will learn firsthand. 

One thing is certain: The pressures Griffin faced as a rookie will only grow in his second year. The NFC East is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL on a yearly basis, and 2013 won't be any different. 

Buckle up, young man. This ride's about to get bumpy. 

 

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