When Washington Redskins fan Keith Elgin and his wife Emily sent Robert Griffin III and his fiancee, Rebecca Liddicoat, a welcome mat as a wedding gift, they never thought the story would generate the attention it has over the last two weeks.
When media reports surfaced that RG3 and Liddicoat were registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Elgin and dozens of others sent a gift. This was something Mr. Elgin didn't think much of, as he told the Washington Post last week.
“I just thought it would be something nice to do, just basically something nice to do,” the 32-year old from Woodbridge,Va. said. “I’m not gonna buy him a $200 bread maker, but something like a welcome mat doesn’t set me back too much, and it’s just an appreciation for what he stands for."
Much to the surprise of the Elgins, and possibly other gift-givers, they received a hand-written thank you card in the mail signed by the soon-to-be newlyweds. Their wedding date is July 6.
On Sunday, April 7, Collectors Showcase of America hosted an autograph signing for RG3 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va.—a short drive from the Redskins training facility and team headquarters.
Autographs started at $150.00, with the player reserving the right to refuse signing any item. Whether or not the Elgins knew ahead of time the price some people pay for an RG3 autograph or the value of his signature is unknown.
They certainly received a more valuable gift in return with a note from Griffin.
Both Keith and Emily were enthusiastic to receive the note, as they each posted messages and photos on Twitter.
Definitely surprised. We're just happy that he's proven the haters wrong. He didn't have to take the time to do it.— Keith Elgin (@keithelgin) May 26, 2013
RG3 was criticized once media reports surfaced that he and his fiancee were registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond. He tried to step in and do some damage control on the story by telling reporters that he did not make the announcement; the media were to blame.
He even felt it necessary to defend himself on his Twitter feed, which has nearly 900,000 followers.
Because you are rich you are not allowed to receive gifts and any gifts you receive should be donated to charity???? #WOW Smh...— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 20, 2013
Can you tell everyone is just waiting for the NFL season to begin?
For the record, the Washington Redskins' first game of the year is September 9 at 7 p.m. ET on Monday Night Football, as the team hosts the Philadelphia Eagles.