Robert Griffin III is looking forward to returning to his home state of Texas on Thursday. But the Redskins’ quarterback also insisted that the trip is all business.
“It will be fun. I’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces,” Griffin said. “I have a lot of fans down there who got to see me grow up in Copperas Cove, Texas, then go to college at Baylor. So it will definitely be a good homecoming.”
“Certainly looking to having fun,” he added. “But we’re going there with one goal in mind – and that’s to win.”
Griffin is coming off a scintillating performance in the Redskins' 31-6 victory over the Eagles. But Washington (4-6) must maintain that momentum against Dallas (5-5) if it hopes to keep alive the team's faint playoff hopes. The Redskins also will be attempting to snap a 0-6 slump against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
An army brat, Griffin was born in Okinawa. His parents were stationed near Tacoma, Wash., and then New Orleans before the family eventually settled in central Texas when he was about 7 years old. Copperas Cove is midway between Dallas and Houston, but most of Griffin’s friends were Cowboy diehards.
“I had some friends that were big, big Cowboys fans,” Griffin said. “So they would always want to get together and watch the games. For me, I was never a Cowboys’ fan. But it was always good to watch football on Thanksgiving.”
Griffin recalls watching the 2005 game when his favorite team – the Mike Shanahan coached Broncos – beat the Cowboys, 24-21, in overtime at Dallas.
“I had bragging rights,” he cracked.
Griffin said his friends who still live in Texas have told him in recent days that they still intend to root for the Cowboys – even if he’s their favorite NFL quarterback.
“They’ll be cheering for me, but they still want their guys to win,” Griffin said. “I guess I can accept that.”
Last season, Griffin guided Baylor to a 66-42 victory over Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium. The stakes, however, will be much higher two days from now when Griffin makes his national television debut in a game the Redskins can't afford to lose.
“It’s about playing on a big stage and playing at a high level,” he said. “Everyone on this team is ready to do that.”