One has to wonder with the success of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year performance, record-setting rookie year and much publicized injury—has he become larger than life among celebrity circles based on recent photos?
In his most recent photograph, published April 11 on his WhoSay.com page—RG3 is seen with Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, who has starred in at least 75 major motion pictures.
RG3 posted the photo and comment to Twitter:
Got to meet the legend himself also.....Morgan Freeman that is ha ha say.ly/Qsp5zB8— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 11, 2013
Need I remind anyone of the variety of roles he has portrayed over the years—Morgan Freeman that is. The one that comes to mind that is fitting of a caption for this most recent photo is the actor's role of "GOD" in the movies Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.
His picture with Morgan Freeman is just an example of who is more impressed with whom as Mr. Freeman slyly cuddles up to a clearly excited, and perhaps overwhelmed, RG3.
A few weeks ago, RG3 attended the NCAA basketball tournament game held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It was during that appearance RG3 had time in a private suite to chat up President Barack Obama.
When the circus came through Washington, D.C. a week ago, there were multiple photographs of RG3—including throwing a football to a circus elephant and later wearing a multi-colored kimono backstage.
With the social media sites available for postings and pictures, it allows fans of the star quarterback to keep up with the A-list stars and celebrity lifestyles of the rich and famous. After all, who wouldn't post these pictures if given an opportunity.
Those critical of such offseason writings by sportswriters or anything that is not related to the day's practice, weight lifting session, medical assessment or rehabilitation progress update need only remember that NFL athletes are celebrities.
People clamor for a picture of them as they would with an actor or actress, television personality, musician or band. And in turn, athletes do the same when they are so compelled. It is far better to be receptive and welcoming of cameras as to avoid being stalked and sought after every step you take by paparazzi.
Look at the spin control that was necessary for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski seen partying and carousing wearing a cast on his arm after missing a large part of the 2012 NFL season with an injury.
The best thing to take from this and any previous photographs of Robert Griffin III is the lack of anything that can be construed as detrimental to the team image or RG3 himself. Dozens of photos we don't see are the ones in the children's hospital or a variety of other public service appearances.
I'm glad to see RG3 not only giving respect to those he is seen photographed with but receiving respect as well. One thing we haven't seen is anything that his momma wouldn't be proud of and, as a 23-year-old star in the NFL, he should be having the time of his life and riding this wave of popularity while it lasts.
Before he knows it, every reporter question will be post-injury related or related to the past or previous NFL game. During this offseason, RG3 has certainly had his fair share of injury questions. Now we have an opportunity to see RG3 having fun outside of football.
I'm all in favor of that, despite some diehard fans who might be convinced an article stating so is a waste of time and space.
There are only so many articles by so many different writers on mock drafts that can be written. In the meantime, we all anxiously await the NFL Draft which is finally days, not weeks or months, away.