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Before he was just 'RG3' Griffin was a three-sport star at Copperas Cove.

With a simple three-character acronym every football fan, and most human beings, immediately know you're talking about one of the most exciting players ever to don and NFL uniform.

After taking the NCAA by storm at Baylor and winning the 2011 Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III was drafted by the Washington Redskins, who traded away considerable assets to move up to the No.2 spot in order to select him.

So far, the gamble seems to be paying off.

Griffin has exceeded even the loftiest expectations in his rookie season with his running and throwing ability, and has the Redskins in position for an outside shot at the playoffs.

That shot, however, largely depends on how Griffin and his team fare against Eli Manning and the division-leading New York Giants this evening on Monday Night Football.

But before RG3 was a household name who inspired his own social media frenzy, the multi-talented athlete was a three-sport star at Copperas Cove High School (Texas). While he excelled in basketball and track, Griffin's ability on the football field was clearly one-of-a-kind.

In his senior season he amassed 1,285 rushing yards with 24 touchdowns, and passed for 1,356 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading his team to the Class 4A Division I state championship game.

Take a look at some high school footage of RG3 in the video below.

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