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WT - RG3’s popularity continues to grow - and sometimes test what seems reasonable

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Interesting off-season read ...


RG3's popularity continues to grow - and sometimes test what seems reasonable - Washington Times

Kelly Mattix grew up in Mississippi near the heart of college football’s kingdom. Her parents’ sports allegiances melded from Pittsburgh steel, so when it comes to pro football, she roots for the Steelers. She has never even been to Washington, D.C.

On a Saturday night two Decembers ago, she watched on TV as Robert Griffin III, the ultra-athletic quarterback from Baylor, the man with the intoxicating smile, won the Heisman Trophy.
“Just hearing his story growing up is what really got to me,” Mattix said. “He was just such a fun and funny guy that, I don’t know, I just connected to him and his morals.”

Mattix, a 20-year-old marketing and corporate relations major at Ole Miss, made that fan relationship official last Christmas when she bought Washington Redskins No. 10 jerseys for herself and her boyfriend. The Steelers are her team, but RG3 is her quarterback.

Griffin continues to win new fans, such as Mattix, and deepen his bond with others as his second season with the Redskins approaches. Several examples of his exploding popularity even test the limits of reason.
Some local fans bought him wedding presents in May, the same month a Texas man paid the American Cancer Society $15,000 for a pair of Griffin’s autographed, game-worn cleats. ESPN Central Texas, the flagship radio station for Baylor athletics and a Dallas Cowboys radio network affiliate, broadcast all but one Redskins game last season.

Although such behavior might seem irrational, human instincts validate it, several psychologists and sociologists say. Our impulse to connect with other humans, and our inherent drive to identify with what we believe to be positive, fuel the relationship between fans and Griffin, as well as that among Griffin’s fans.

In turn, Griffin, 23, is rocketing to mega-stardom because of his accessibility through social media, controlled appearances in traditional media and his innate attractive characteristics on and off the field. And he’s doing it as well as anyone ever has in the age of Twitter. He’s more accessible online than Peyton or Brady, and he hasn’t turned heel like Tiger or LeBron.

“Somehow people feel like they know him very well,” said Merrill Melnick, a retired SUNY Brockport professor who specialized in the social psychology of sport. “There’s something about his personality that invites the possibility that he and I could be friends. It does appear to be unique. Somehow he has been able to create that pathway between the fan and himself.”

Much more at the link above ...
 

tshile

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That was certainly interesting to read. A lot of it makes sense.

I'm typically the type of person that doesn't buy the big name jerseys because I don't want the one everyone else has. For some reason I jumped on Griffin's jersey the night we drafted him. There is some connection that I feel, despite never having met the guy. It's really weird...

I think part of it is also the recent history of the Redskins... this town has been starving for something positive at the QB position, something to look up to, some sort of new leader in the organization for years... almost two decades...
 

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It IS that, T, but I really think it's more than that. I hate slobbering over athletes, but this guy is just... different. I don't know how else to describe it. He connects with the fans, he is a winner, that smile, works hard, he just is different.
 

tshile

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It's a long article but they have a psychologist answering questions an analyzing things throughout it that makes it a must read in my opinion, if you haven't made it all the way through.
 

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