Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder and Robert Griffin III: The Odd Couple
It is difficult to determine who is benefiting more from the recent bonding between Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his mega-star quarterback Robert Griffin III.
In the last few weeks, both Snyder and RG3 have attended some high-profile events, surrounded by cameras and other A-list celebrities, and they certainly have enjoyed themselves based on photographs of the events.
And to their credit, it is good to see such positive interaction between an NFL owner and his star quarterback. It is a matter of each respecting one other and their place, and in some ways their role in each of their respective careers.
In an interview published in the current issue of ESPN the Magazine, RG3 cited Snyder as one of three people with the Redskins organization on hand following his knee surgery in January. And for that, Griffin sounded grateful.
"It's tough for professional athletes to trust anyone in this business," he says. "When the owner of the team, the general manager of the team, the PR director of the team, they're all there, that's how you know: I can trust these guys."
Following the NFL draft-day celebration with fans at FedEx Field April 27, when RG3 performed jumping jacks in front of admiring fans, RG3 and Snyder attended the ultra-exclusive after-party at the conclusion of the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C.
An assortment of media outlets, including the Washington Post, decided it was a more compelling story that RG3 did not attend the invitation-only dinner or the private pre-event dinner hosted by President Obama.
According to the Washington Post, RG3 and his fiance accompanied Snyder and his wife for dinner at a high-profile restaurant in Georgetown before joining the after-party, which was already in progress, at the residence of the French ambassador.
It was during the after-party that Snyder told a guest to refer to his guest by his first name, Robert, not his all-to-familiar nickname RG3.
Keep in mind, the White House Correspondents Dinner is perhaps the biggest social event in Washington, D.C.—where Hollywood stars converge on the nation's capital for a big hug and kiss schmooze fest.
There are no B-List attendees at the invitation-only soiree.
Having RG3 as his invited guest, Snyder scored a major coup in social circles. I seriously doubt he needed it as the Redskins quarterback was one of the biggest star attractions of the night.
D.C. doesn't have many opportunities to host Hollywood stars, and this was big news among the Washington elite.
Several weeks prior to this event, Snyder, RG3 and their female counterparts attended the Hollywood premiere of the movie Oblivion, which stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Snyder and Cruise have had a business relationship dating back to 2006 when Snyder invested in his movie production company.
While there is no sports news to this article, I found it more interesting than odd to point out the close-knit relationship that has formed between the Redskins owner and the star quarterback. It seems RG3 can't go anywhere these days without someone writing about it or photographing the event.
Not to mention that RG3 posts photos of himself and his fans on social media sites frequently.
The media have RG3 fever. Reporters are all anxiously anticipating some bit of new information from the star and his recovery.
NBC had a brief interview with the star during its coverage of this weekend's Kentucky Derby. When the reporter had a chance to bring up his rehabilitation from knee surgery and his progress, RG3 repeated much of the same.
"Knee's feeling great," Griffin said. "Everyone saw those," making imaginary quotes in midair, "jumping jacks at the draft party, so I'm feeling good."
It's good to see Robert Griffin III having fun outside of the NFL and enjoying life as a 23-year-old multi-millionarie. And it certainly doesn't hurt that your boss is a billionaire.
Just be careful where you step.
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