Richmond, VA, United States (4E Sports) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III turned the situation around and approached his fans in the Make-A-Wish program for their autographs.
Jamia Johnson, 18, diagnosed with an End Stage Renal Disease in 2010, signed Griffin’s practice jersey.
He also threw passes to Johnson and had a friendly race against her to which he lost.
Griffin said, “I wanted to give her something special and have something to carry along with me on this journey.”
Cancer survivors Evan Washo and Vincent Silver Jr. were surprised signing Griffin’s cleats Saturday, instead of him giving them away.
According to Griffin, the shock on their faces was evident after he asked them for their signatures.
“Down the line hopefully they remember that and say I was their first autograph,” he added.
Griffin shared his childhood dream of meeting his role models while asking for his autograph.
“It’s flipping the script a little bit, but I think it means something to them. If I’m their first autograph that’s an honor to me.”