LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III couldn’t wait until July to return to Richmond. The Washington Redskins quarterback became a sort of two-sport athlete Saturday night when he served as the honorary pace car driver at Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway — a short distance from where he and teammates will converge for training camp in a few months.
And the star quarterback’s appearance was all thanks to lifelong Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Earnhardt, arguably NASCAR’s most popular driver and a lifelong Redskins fan, suggested that RIR track officials get the quarterback involved in the race festivities.
Photos: RGIII Does NASCAR
About a month ago, he tweeted that Griffin should serve as Grand Marshall of the race. Shortly thereafter, RIR president Dennis Bickmeir tweeted that he would “love to have him involved” and asked whether Griffin could drive the pace car.
Earnhardt responded that he thought the quarterback could handle the job.
And about an hour after that, Griffin tweeted to Earnhardt that he was down.
It took track officials some time to track down the quarterback to hammer out the details, but Griffin was more than happy to accept the invitation after contact had been established.
And for those wondering, here is the selfie from RGIII’s camera.