Robert Griffin III has already seen his named adorning the Heisman Trophy and the NFL Rookie of the Year award.
But Friday, Copperas Cove’s hometown hero receives an honor only reserved for the elite of local celebrities — his own road.
The Washington Redskins second-year quarterback returns to his humble roots when he is on hand as Copperas Cove officially dedicates “Robert Griffin III Blvd.” during a ceremony 2 p.m. Friday at the intersection of his namesake street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
“Speaking for the entire community, we’re thrilled that he’s able to take the time to come be part of this celebration,” said Monica Hull, Director of Business Development for the Cove Economic Development Corporation.
Before being drafted by the Redskins as the second-overall player in last April’s NFL Draft, before resurrecting the Baylor football program with his Heisman-worthy performance against Oklahoma, Griffin made his mark locally helping lead the Bulldawgs football team. He led Cove to back-to-back Division I-4A state championship games in 2006 and 2007 — the only two appearances in school history. He also helped the track team secure its only state title as a junior, winning gold medals in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the 4A state meet in 2007.
As a rookie, Griffin splashed onto the NFL scene from Day 1, galvanizing the quarterback-starved Washington franchise and leading the Redskins to their first division title since 1999 with a seven-game win streak to end the regular season after starting 3-6.
Before suffering a devastating knee injury Jan. 6 during a first-round playoff game against Seattle, Griffin passed for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions and had the league’s third-best quarterback rating (102.4) behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Denver’s Peyton Manning.
Griffin is expected to be joined at the ceremony by his family, along with representatives from the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation, City of Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, the Copperas Cove Independent School District and Endeavor Real Estate Group, the developers of the Five Hills shopping center that surrounds Griffin’s namesake road.
The public is invited to attend and is asked to use the Robert Griffin III Blvd. entrance. Police officers will be on hand to direct attendees to parking areas.