Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III has yet to throw an NFL pass, but no matter what happens, his name will forever be linked to a strip of shops and restaurants in his hometown of Copperas Cove, Texas.
City officials and the developer of a shopping center in Copperas Cove agreed Tuesday to name the strip mall's main roadway after Griffin, who grew up and played high school football in the small Texas town of a little more than 30,000 residents.
"There's not many times a city of our size gets a Heisman Trophy winner," Copperas Cove mayor John Hull told ESPN Playbook. "Anytime you get a Heisman Trophy winner, he's got to be represented."
Griffin started at quarterback for two years at Copperas Cove High School and led the Bulldawgs to the state championship game in 2007. He also ran track, breaking state records in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles during his senior year.
When the developers of the shopping center wanted to name the road "Heisman Way," city leaders didn't think it was specific enough.
"We thought it ought to be something a bit more personal. We wanted it named after our own RG3," Hull said. "He was born and raised here, played high school football here, and we thought it'd be appropriate if it was more of an honor to him."
And are the city's residents worried about naming a road after Griffin -- whose family still lives in Copperas Cove -- before he has even played a down in the NFL?
"Oh, I don't think so," Hull said. "I think the kind of young man he is and the caliber of people his family is, I think he'll do us proud."