COPPERAS COVE - Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was honored in his hometown of Copperas Cove Friday afternoon. The 23-year-old Griffin had a new city street named after him.
Robert Griffin III Boulevard intersects with Martin Luther King in the new Five Hills Shopping Center development.
"It's extremely cool, you don't ask for this kind of thing to happen, go to a city and demand a street named after you. It lets you know how much you mean to the city, " Griffin said.
About 500 people braved the rainy and chilly weather to see the Washington Redskins quarterback. RG3 came out more than once from under a dry tent to sign a Redskins jersey or helmet, and he spent extra time with younger fans. Many of them cheered when they were reminded Griffin led the Redskins to two wins over the Dallas Cowboys this past season.
City leaders praised him for putting Copperas Cove on the map.
"I can't think of a better person to name a street after than Robert Griffin the Third," Cove Mayor John A. Hull said.
Fort Hood Garrison Commander Colonel Matt Elledge told the crowd the post was proud Griffin was part of the Army family. Both of RG3's parents, Jackie and Robert Jr., served in the Army.
Griffin said, "Every little kid out there has a dream, everybody says they want something but its not enough to want it, you have to be willing to sacrifice for it, that's what my dad taught me and the Welch brothers (his coaches) taught me. "
He said he hoped young people would learn from his story that it doesn't matter how small a city you come from, and you can be whatever you put your mind to.
Right now the Heisman trophy winner is rehabbing his knee after major surgery immediately after the season. Griffin confirmed he's ahead of schedule and getting back on the football field.
He joked that it was his first time back to Cove since NFL training camp last summer, and that the city is growing, moving closer to Killeen.
"I miss the small town. Now I'm in a big town, a really big town, but this is what I am, I'm a small town kid," he told the crowd.
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