Good things have happened in threes this week for Robert Griffin III.
First, a deal with adidas. Then, a stellar showing at the Scouting Combine, with solid performances on the field and in interviews. Now, Griffin will appear on the cover of the next edition of the EA college football video game, according to SportsBusiness Daily.
Another Heisman winner will join Griffin on the cover. Fans will be able to cast a vote from among a list that includes Marcus Allen, Doug Flutie, Eddie George, Desmond Howard, Barry Sanders, Herschel Walker, Charlie Ward, and Andre Ware.
The development continues a steady ascension for Griffin, who now is now viewed as being on nearly equal footing with Andrew Luck, even though the Colts reportedly are locked in on Luck. And as pointed out today during a PFT Live visit with Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America, the Colts’ refusal to give serious consideration to Griffin could put a chip on his shoulder that will make him driven to do whatever he can to beat the Colts, whenever he has the chance to do so.
In 1998, Peyton Manning famously warned the Colts that, if they pass on him, he’ll make them repeatedly regret it. Whether or not Griffin issues a similar warning before the draft, it’s hard not to wonder whether he’ll hold a grudge after it.