ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Training camp for rookies means more than getting a crash course in playing professional football. It me means having to entertain the veterans with the always fun Rookie Show.
Whether it be singing a song or impersonating other players and coaches, the rookies must perform for their veteran teammates.
The tradition holds true not only with the Washington Redskins, but with all 32 teams in the National Football League.
However, one must wonder whether a rookie of the stature of Robert Griffin III may get a pass on embarrassing himself. He is the face of the franchise after all.
I posed the question to sixth-year veteran Adam Carriker on our show 4th & Pain this week.
Could RGIII possibly get a pass?
“He’s a rookie. It’s that simple,” said Carriker.
That answers that.
“My locker is right next to the dude,” the defensive end from Nebraska continued. “He’s the face of the franchise, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round draft pick . . . I understand all that. The fact of the matter is he’s still a rookie and he’s going to do something. He’s going to have to entertain the masses.”
So what’s it going to be for RGIII? A song? A dance? A little standup?
Nope. If Carriker gets his way it’ll be a beat boxing exhibition.
Griffin displayed his beat boxing prowess during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May.
“I didn’t see it,” said Carriker. “That’s why I want to see how good he is. I want to see him do some beat boxing. That’s my personal request.”
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