RG3: The Promise [NOOK Book]

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He’s been called many things—Heisman Trophy winner, MVP, the savior of the Washington Redskins—but to his millions of fans, Robert Griffin III is known simply as RG3.

Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those early days he played nearly every sport except football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials ...
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Overview

He’s been called many things—Heisman Trophy winner, MVP, the savior of the Washington Redskins—but to his millions of fans, Robert Griffin III is known simply as RG3.

Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those early days he played nearly every sport except football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as a hurdler? As for playing football, Griffin first had to overcome his mother’s objections to the violence and danger by making a “Pinkie Promise” with her that no one would catch him. Eventually, he began to realize that all of his remarkable talents—unrivaled speed, pinpoint accuracy, exceptional intelligence, single-minded drive—combined into a potent force that few quarterbacks could rival. What followed seemed almost destined: a football scholarship to Baylor University, three exceptional seasons capped by winning the Heisman Trophy, and the 2012 draft—where Griffin, as the second overall pick, became the franchise quarterback for one of the oldest and most storied football teams in the country.
In RG3: The Promise, award-winning Washington Post reporter Dave Sheinin provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of Griffin’s phenomenal rookie year—and offers a unique and intimate look inside the transformation one of the NFL’s brightest young stars.

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Robert Griffin III is just twenty-three, but this double-threat Washington Redskins rookie quarterback already carries a acronym nickname so famous that it serves as the title of this book. Washington Post Dave Sheinin has been following RG3's career even before he arrived in the NFL last year. In this singular book, he writes about it all: Griffin's Army brat background; his extraordinary passing and running talents; his undergraduate career at Baylor; the pre-2012 draft frenzy; his injuries; his endorsements; and his prospects for the future. A portrait of the man often called football's most exciting player. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
Washington Post sportswriter Sheinin spent most of the 2012 football season covering Robert Griffin III’s rookie year as quarterback for the Washington Redskins. This inside access forms the backbone of his excellent look at Griffin, his unbelievable year, and the season-ending knee injury that many feel could have been prevented. Sheinin’s look at the positive influence of Griffin’s family, as well as a game-by-game analysis of Griffin’s season, perfectly captures the quarterback’s appeal as a “telegenic, multifaceted, crazy-sock-wearing, Heisman Trophy–sporting, sort-of-dorky, sort-of-cool, gunslinging, swashbuckling Texan.” While Griffin was received as a savior by Redskins fans, a storied franchise on a downward trajectory since the 1990s, he was also part of a strategy by head coach Mike Shanahan that emphasized Griffin’s remarkable throwing arm as well as his running ability—the “zone-read” offense, which never before had “been run so effectively by as fast a quarterback as Griffin.” Sheinin convincingly explains how running the “zone-read” left Griffin vulnerable to injury. But he concludes that the pressures of being a savior combined with “the culture of football” that emphasizes playing hurt above safety, in the end, made Griffin “both a victim of the NFL culture and, along with his coach, its ultimate expression.” Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Robert Griffin III grew up in a military family and seems to have absorbed all the positive qualities that such an environment can offer, valuing hard work, with discipline, poise, and dedication as his lodestars. As a rookie quarterback with the Redskins in 2012, he set new first-year marks for passer rating, interception percentage, and yards rushing by a quarterback. Still, Sheinin (sports reporter, Washington Post), who primarily covers baseball, paints Griffin, widely known by the nickname RG3, almost as a tragic figure owing to the nature of his playing style, the team's play selection tendencies, and the brutal nature of the sport. Sheinin comes across as deeply disturbed by the inherent violence of football and posits that, given the injuries RG3 has suffered and those inevitably to come, we may have already seen the best of this celebrated player. VERDICT In his rookie year, RG3 had the highest-selling NFL jersey. This thorough biography will likewise be sought out by football fans everywhere.
Kirkus Reviews
A spellbinding biography tracing Robert Griffin III's meteoric rise to sport superstardom. In his debut book, Washington Post writer Sheinin crafts an engrossing portrait of Griffin, aka RG3, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and the current quarterback for the Washington Redskins. However, Sheinin's work transcends RG3's on-field heroics, focusing instead on the psychological portrait of a man whose personality and demeanor appear at odds with the typical franchise quarterback. "In school, Griffin was that rare kid who bridged social cliques," writes the author, "a star jock who also liked poetry, who made straight A's, who wore silly socks and still loved his superhero figurines." He was also a boy who loved football third (after basketball and track) and who, at the age of 12, promised his mother that if tackled, he would quit the sport altogether. It was just the motivation he required to ensure that he wasn't brought down, the spark that kept him pulling a tire uphill late into the evening as he transformed himself into an athlete of the highest level. Sheinin, who spent a year reporting on RG3, provides rare insight into the star's home life by incorporating firsthand interviews with Griffin's parents, both of whom describe raising their son in a Christian, color-blind household. Yet upon RG3's entrance onto the national stage, the young quarterback soon found himself embroiled in a racially charged maelstrom when an African-American commentator insinuated that Griffin wasn't a true "brother." RG3's skillful handling of the situation further proved that he was "comfortable in the spotlight, but wasn't one to seek it out"--a man who, while mysterious, was quite clear in his preference for heaving touchdowns rather than making headlines. Insightful, engaging and a must-read for sports fans interested in teasing out the true RG3.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101623978
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 508,000
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

David Sheinin has written for The Washington Post since 1999. He lives in Maryland with his wife and their two daughters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

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    What an exceptional book! Dave Sheinin has done his research and

    What an exceptional book! Dave Sheinin has done his research and presents a vivid portrait of RG3. This is truly an inspirational story and very well done.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    The Book itself was fantastic,a good read and a book worthy of p

    The Book itself was fantastic,a good read and a book worthy of purchasing. The chain of events of Robert's life are in a chronologically good order, and it brought the reader in close with his family and it was different to see all of the different views and how everyone saw Robert's life. It follows a good life story with some tragic events, his struggles, and his accomplishments which shows a dual side in the book about how anyone can fail or succeed. It shows the worries of his family as Robert wasn't allowed to play football at a young age, but it also shows his persistence towards the love of the game and to give up everything else for it. -Mat Bevan




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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    RG3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    RG3 IS THE BEST QB EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    RGIII

    Almost better then TEBOW.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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