Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Dr. Saturday

Video: Robert Griffin III challenges Obama to a game of hoops

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

View photo


We're nearly two months removed from his triumph as the first Baylor quarterback to win a Heisman Trophy, but the Robert Griffin III publicity tour hasn't slowed down.

Griffin, who recently announced that he was forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, delivered the closing prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. on Thursday, along with a personal challenge for the commander-in-chief.

Griffin, his mother, father and fiancée, were all guests of the President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and sat with the first family at the head table.

Before Griffin delivered the prayer, however, he had a couple jokes to liven up the mood and perhaps calm himself down in such a big moment.

Griffin gave a "Sic 'em Bears" as a shout-out to his alma mater and then challenged the President, an avid college basketball fan, to a game of hoops.

"To the President, if you ever get a little tired of running the country or anything like that, a little bored, I'd love to play you in basketball," Griffin said. "It would be a friendly competition because I wouldn't want anyone to feel like I was trying to hurt you or anything. I wouldn't dunk on you at all."

Griffin also commented on the length of the breakfast before stating that he had had too much to drink and, "… I really have to use the bathroom."

After the last few months, Griffin is almost as polished at working a friendly crowd as a seasoned politician. All of his comments were met with laughter and his prayer, which was exceptional, was met with applause. No word on which socks Griffin decided to wear for the occasion.

Griffin is becoming quite the ambassador for Baylor football, and giving the program far more pub than it probably could have ever dreamed. Griffin actually left Washington D.C. to got to Indianapolis, where he was going to spread more Baylor cheer during interviews at the Super Bowl.

In between public appearances, Griffin has been getting read for the NFL combine. He's been training at Athletes' Performance in Arizona along with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Alabama running back Trent Richardson, among others, and he hasn't been shy about his expectations in the draft, either.

- - -
Graham Watson is on Facebook and Twitter: Follow her @Yahoo_Graham

View Comments (3)