With some of the finest graphic designers around, Panini America sports merchandising company made waves last offseason by being the first to put locked out rookies (like Leonard Hankerson) in the jerseys of the teams that drafted them.
Heck, they can even put NBA players in a convincing Redskins jersey, if properly motivated.
So it comes as no surprise that they are on the cutting edge of fitting new Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in his first official threads. According to their blog “The Knight’s Lance,” the company has signed 24 of the top 32 picks in the draft, and is releasing their official rookie cards in order.
Griffin III fished his wish with the No. 10 jersey, but this is the first that fans get to see of him in the white jersey. Redskins open on the road in the preseason and regular season, so this may well be a look at the first game jersey Griffin III wears.
[Editor’s Note: For the record, this is not Redskins official. This is a marketing and merchandising deal between Griffin III and Panini America.]:
According to the Panini America blog post, Griffin III is very excited about the deal:
“As a kid, you go to the stores and you buy the trading cards and to know that I’ll finally be on those cards legitimately is very cool,” Griffin said. “Not everybody gets that chance and I’m thankful that Panini America is making it possible for me.
“I’ll definitely savor it and just continue to build toward a better future.”
The folks at Panini America are likewise ecstatic to have Griffin III on board, giving this flowery description of his play:
“Robert Griffin III is one of the most dynamic playmakers to emerge at the quarterback position in many years and his extensive presence in our 2012 products will only add excitement to arguably the greatest rookie class of the last decade,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.
And if you want a look at his first official autograph as a member of the Washington Redskins, Panini America has that too: