RGIII: Overnight Celebrity

7:42 AM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Two commercials with mainstream companies -- Adidas and Gatorade.

Hanging out with Snoop Dogg.

Appearing on Jay Leno.

Given free vehicles -- a Nissan Armada and an Audi A8.

Having a photo of your face on the side of a bus.

Reportedly denying an interested Kim Kardashian.

All of the above listed extracurricular activity would be a plateful for an A-list celebrity, let alone the rookie quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

Several questions from reporters in Wednesday's media session were centered around Griffin's off-the-field activity. He defended his work off the football field.

"I get what you are saying about [over exposure], but I only stayed with the companies that I truly believe in," Griffin said. "And not doing things just to get money."

Griffin realizes that the only way he can maintain his godly status in the Washington D.C. area is if he produces touchdowns -- or more importantly the Redskins win games.

"Right now, the only thing I've been good for with the Redskins is fan popularity and the fan base being really excited," said the starting quarterback. "I just have to make sure I stay focused, continue to work and act like an undrafted free agent who is trying to make the team."

If the Redskins do indeed win, and start becoming a staple franchise in the NFL, Griffin seems confident that his marketability will spread throughout Washington's roster.

"I was talking to Niles Paul on Twitter and he was laughing about one of the commercials -- I think the Gatorade one -- and I told him I'll keep throwing the ball to him and then one day he'll have his own commercial. It's not about being in the spotlight," Griffin said.

Some reporters -- myself included -- wondered if veteran players are jealous of the newfound face of the franchise, and all the credit he is already receiving. Griffin said most of the feedback from his teammates on his busy summer schedule was positive. 

"When all the guys showed up, most of them were either laughing about [the commercials] or just saying they were really cool. So I think I rubbed the team the right way."

Later Griffin added, "I'm not RGIII to [my teammates]. I'm just Robert."

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