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Robert Griffin III meets 99-year-old Redskins fan, charm ensues

Jay Busbee
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RG3 and Georgia Poole. (Washington Post via Getty Images)

Here you go: amid talk of homicides and racism and other painful non-football topics on the (virtual) sports page, a good old charming story of a century of fandom.

Georgia Poole is 99 years old, and she'll turn 100 before the end of this month. She's also a longtime Washington Redskins fan. And while we usually give people grief about joining the bandwagon of a team when they're almost 20 years old, we'll make an exception for Miss Georgia, given that the team didn't even exist before then.

In truth, Miss Georgia told the Washington Post she became a Redskins fan around the time Vince Lombardi was the coach, back in 1969. Still, that's more than four decades ago, so we'll give her credit. At Wednesday's practice, she carried a sign that read, "Redskins' biggest fan is turning 100," and sure enough, she caught the eye of a certain well-regarded quarterback.

“Oh, I love RG3,” she told the Post's Sarah Kogod. “He’s good, he’s young and he plays real well. You know how he made all those touchdowns? He’s just a leader.” And Griffin helpfully obliged by giving her a hug and an autograph.

So there's your clue, whiny Redskins fan. Hang around 'til you're 100 and then you'll get your autograph.

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