The last seven months of Robert Griffin III's life has been the stuff of dreams. An outstanding senior season at Baylor led to the school's first Heisman Trophy, a 10-win season and a bowl victory. He has made million of fans with his personality and has been making appearances at marquee, star-studded events throughout the country.
Yet all that is about to end in a few weeks when he is selected in the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
"I'm normally a happy-go-lucky guy," said Griffin, sitting courtside as he watched the Baylor women's basketball team win the national championship. "But ever since the Redskins traded up to take me No. 2, I've been trying to enjoy every last moment because it's all going to go downhill pretty fast. I have a death sentence. And I say that as an optimist."
With the NFL Draft scheduled to begin on April 26th, Griffin is counting down the days until he becomes a Redskin by checking things off of his bucket list.
"I'm going to go skydiving, I want to see Asia, I plan to learn the guitar," said Griffin. "There's so much I want to see and do and enjoy before it's too late. What's coming really makes me treasure all the time I have left. Becoming a Redskin is a curse, but it's also a blessing. It's the only way to look at it that will keep you from stepping in front of a bus."
Griffin's friends and loved ones have been exploring any and all means that would keep RGIII's spirit alive.
"What if you held out for a year and refused to play for the Redskins," suggested Robert Griffin II, the quarterback's father.
"Oh, wow. I hadn't thought of that. It's worth a try," said Griffin III, the biggest smile ever spreading across his face. "I feel so happy right now. I don't think I've ever been happier. There is hope. That's something."