- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's pretty hard to get away from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III these days. You turn on the Kentucky Derby, he's there. Brian Orakpo throws a charity golf tournament, he's there, even though his recovering right knee won't allow him to play golf. He shows up at an American Cancer Society luncheon and raises $33,000 by signing one autograph and posing for 18 pictures. Such is the power of the massive fame of the Redskins' second-year quarterback. And no one even knows if he's going to be ready to play when the season starts.
Oh. Right. About that. Per Rich Campbell:
“I’m doing great,” Griffin said Wednesday afternoon. “The knee feels fine. It’s just about taking it slow. Each day is a better day because the knee feels better, you do more things. It’s just a process, and I’m going through it."
Griffin’s status for training camp in late July has not been determined. He answered only one question about his status before a team spokesman concluded the interview.
Before Griffin met with reporters, he earned a whopping $33,000 for the society — just for being himself.
He went on stage and autographed a pair of pink cleats he wore last season during games in October. They fetched a $15,000 winning bid from Gerald Haddock, a self-described “Baylor man” who is president of an investments company that bears his last name in Forth Worth, Tex.
“It’s a great cause,” Griffin said. “You don’t think that a pair of cleats can make that kind of difference, but I guess they were highly sought after. It’s truly an honor.”
Then the franchise quarterback posed for 18 pictures with people who bid $1,000 each for the opportunity.
It's good to be the king.