It began, as all great world-shaking movements do, with a single tweet.
Back in March, Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR legend, decided to see about getting his buddy Robert Griffin III, quarterback of Earnhardt's beloved Redskins, involved with this weekend's NASCAR race in Richmond. Here's the sequence where Earnhardt persuaded Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier to bring RGIII aboard:
And on Wednesday, Richmond and Griffin made it official: Griffin will drive the pace car that leads 43 cars to start the race on Saturday night. Griffin will receive pace car training and visit with former Redskins coach and current NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs prior to the race itself.
This is all well and good; after a lackluster 2013 season, Griffin could stand for a little image-bolstering. And there's no better place than Richmond, which is definite Redskins territory and home of the Redskins' preseason training camp. But we have to wonder ... what would other quarterbacks do were they to take the wheel of a NASCAR pace car?
• Peyton Manning would look absolutely flawless all the way around the track and then put the car into the wall within 100 feet of the finish line.
• Tony Romo would be brilliant and speedy, since there are no NASCAR races in December or January.
• Matt Ryan would be handed the slickest, sleekest pace car you've ever seen and still not be able to get it out of second gear.
• Andy Dalton would run over his own foot.
• Aaron Rodgers would lead the field, injure his shoulder making a turn, pull over and take half a lap off, then still catch up to the front.
• Matt Schaub would get carjacked.
• Matthew Stafford would only drive the car if Calvin Johnson could ride with him.
• Philip Rivers would do a pace lap, celebrate like he'd won, and then realize that he was driving at about one-fifth the speed of the actual race.
• Brandon Weeden would show up on a horse.
• Eli Manning would accidentally back into the very cars he was supposed to be leading.
Your turn, friends.
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