bill-swift - September 14, 2012
In his first NFL start Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was fantastic. He was everything that a team, its owner, and most importantly the fans want in a future superstar. The rookie quarterback was exciting and electrifying; someone who people would want to emulate and follow.
Some are even willing to help RG3 inadvertently supplant last season's craze--Tebowing-- with one of his own called "Griffining".
In order to "Griffin" a person must get in the position that RG3 was in after throwing the 88-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon; sitting on one's behind with legs and arms outstretched and pointing towards the end zone.
Some are already claiming that it is the next craze, and that it is supposedly sweeping the NFL. Apparently the term has already been searched for over 137,000 times on Twitter (according to TweetReach.com). There have been several people around the Washington D.C. area that have done the"Griffin" and posted pictures online.
However, while the trend could still be in its infancy it is nowhere near becoming anything like what Tebowing is or has been.
What people forget is that a trend does not necessarily start because someone makes it start or the media says that it's a trend. It is something that people are drawn to; practically compelled to do because they believe in what it represents so much that they have to strike the pose. It has to happen everywhere too, not just the subject's home market.
Griffin had a great game, and he appears to be a genuinely nice guy, but he is nowhere in the realm of popularity that Tim Tebow is in just yet. John Madden dubbed Griffin a "Tim Tewbow that can throw," and later went on to call RG3 the best player in the NFL. When another person is used to help describe who you are, they are the measuring stick; what everyone looks to become--not you.
Griffin is quite likely a much better NFL quarterback then Tim Tebow is, but he is nowhere near the cultural icon. "Griffining" may have its time in the sun, but that time has yet to come.