ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Maybe the transition from college to the NFL won’t be so tough for Lache Seastrunk. After all, he’s got Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to help him along the way.
Since Seastrunk was selected in the sixth-round of this year’s draft, Griffin has been mentoring his Baylor brethren. The pair have spent time going over the playbook and getting the running back acclimated to the NFL.
They were teammates at Baylor in 2011 when Griffin was finishing his collegiate career. Although Seastrunk was forced to sit out that season because he transferred from Oregon, he and Griffin formed a strong bond.
“We grew up with each other, so we still had a great interaction with each other,” Seastrunk said at Redskins rookie minicamp Saturday. “Even though I wasn’t playing, he still believed in me that I was going to come in next year and do what I had to do. And he was right.”
They were once opponents at rival high schools in Texas where their multi-sport athleticism tipped a hand that they would meet again at the next level. And it was through that rivalry that the beginnings of their bond would form.
Their kinship continued to solidify even following Griffin’s departure from Baylor.
“You got somebody you grew up with and we can play off each other,” said Seastrunk. “I would never let nobody hit my mom so just the same rules apply to RG.”
Seastrunk says he didn’t lobby Griffin to pressure the Redskins to draft him. Griffin’s repeated texts to head coach Jay Gruden were entirely the quarterback’s own idea.