INDIANAPOLIS – As Robert Griffin III stepped to the podium at Lucas Oil Stadium today, he was not only wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles socks the Baylor quarterback flaunted them for the assembled mass of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The socks, he said, are a fashion statement of sorts.
“It started my sophomore year in high school,” RG3 said. “I wasn’t one that really matched all that well … It’s just to show that I’m comfortable with who I am. I’m comfortable in my own skin. I guess the socks are just a representation of that.”
Griffin actually admitted that he also owns a pair of Hello Kitty socks.
Even more important than the socks, however, was the boost his stock got when Griffin was measured at 6 feet 2 3/8 and 223 pounds. His height – or lack of it – had made headlines in recent days.
“In high school, I was 6-4 and 200 pounds,” RG3 said. “When I got to college, I shrunk and inch and gained weight because I was 6-2, 220. I guess they just thought I shrunk some more, because I was 6-1, 190 now.
“But it’s official; I’m 6-2 and 3/8ths and 223. You try to block those things out. But at the end of the day, the numbers don’t lie.”
Griffin is the No. 2-rated QB in this draft class behind Andrew Luck, who is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Colts. But Griffin could go No. 2, to a QB-needy team that trades into the spot with the Rams.
“I hope somebody falls in love with me, other than my fiancée,” he said. “That’s what you want. As a player, you want a team that really wants you.”