Robert Griffin III was born into a military family in Okinawa, Japan. He and his family moved around often and he grew up in Tacoma, Washington, New Orleans, Louisiana and Copperas Cove, Texas.

If you know who Robert Griffin III is, you probably also know he’s a devout Christian. Griffin seems to prefer the Evangelical/Pentecostal denominations, even though he attended Baylor University,1 a Baptist University.2 In his hometown of Copperas Cove, Texas, Griffin attended the Christian House of Prayer Ministries,3 and the most recent news is that, since he’s been living in Washington D.C., he’s been attending the Cornerstone Fellowship Church.4 Both of these churches have been described as “modern evangelical, charismatic/Pentecostal congregation[s].”5

Nevertheless, faith and God has always been a huge part of Griffin’s life. He said of his upbringing:

I’ve been in the church since I was 7. My parents didn’t push it on us but they made sure we grew up in the church, so that’s all we know, that’s what we do.6

And as a rising NFL star, Griffin is always quick to praise God for his talents and good fortune–and he wants to get the word out:

I praise God, I thank him for everything. Purposefully, you live every day for Him, and when He gives you the opportunity to speak up for Him or to do something in His name, you do it.7

Griffin has caused some confusion by making the sign of the cross on the football field after particularly triumphant moments.8 I guess this uniquely Catholic symbol conflicts with Griffin’s Protestant lifestyle. Probably trivial, but when you’re famous and religious, people ask questions.

Rumors and subterfuge in D.C.

Griffin graduated after three years at Baylor University with a degree in political science.9 He could probably have an intelligent political conversation with the best of them–but he simply doesn’t want to:

There’s a couple things you don’t talk about in life, and that’s race, religion and politics. I try to make sure I don’t talk about politics at all.10

Well, he’s clearly talked about religion. And race? Yeah, that too:

For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin. You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That’s what I strive [for]. I am an African American, in America, and that will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.11

But he has largely been able to stay out of the political conversation–mostly. He’s said that his faith does inform his political worldview12 and he has cracked jokes with Obama.13

Rumors abound that Griffin is a Republican. This particular conversation seems to have started with ESPN reporter, Rob Parker, who “heard” Griffin was a Republican and, as a result, called him out for not being black enough.14 Ugh… This particular incident exposed this author to a new term for the first time: liberal racism.15

Haters gonna hate!

  1. Robert Griffin III: ‘My Relationship With God Is My Most Important Influence.‘ Black Christian News. []
  2. Baylor University. Wikipedia. []
  3. RG3 and a tiny glimpse of faith. Patheos. []
  4. Yahoo! asks Robert Griffin III a rather obvious question. Patheos. []
  5. Yahoo! asks Robert Griffin III a rather obvious question. Patheos. []
  6. Robert Griffin III: ‘My Relationship With God Is My Most Important Influence.‘ Black Christian News. []
  7. Robert Griffin III: ‘My Relationship With God Is My Most Important Influence.‘ Black Christian News. []
  8. RG3 and a tiny glimpse of faith. Patheos. []
  9. Robert Griffin III: ‘My Relationship With God Is My Most Important Influence.‘ Black Christian News. []
  10. Yahoo! asks Robert Griffin III a rather obvious question. Patheos. []
  11. Robert Griffin III talks about race. Washington Post. []
  12. Yahoo! asks Robert Griffin III a rather obvious question. Patheos. []
  13. Robert Griffin III Challenges Obama. NBC4 Washington. []
  14. Robert Griffin III, Rob Parker and the sad truth about our racial politics. Fox News. []
  15. Video: MRCTV’s Bob Parks Discusses Robert Griffin III and Liberal Racism. Newsbusters. []