WASHINGTON (February 2, 2012)—Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III led the closing prayer Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Griffin said, “Sic ‘em Bears” as he arrived at the podium and then told President Barack Obama that he would love to play basketball with him “if you ever get tired of running the country.”
“I wouldn’t dunk on you at all,” Griffin said.
Griffin also commented on the length of the annual event, noting that none of those around him appeared to have touched their drinks, but that he had.
“This has been a really long breakfast,” he said, “…and I really have to use the bathroom.”
Griffin sat at the head table Thursday morning with the president, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Griffin III traveled to Washington, D.C. accompanied by his mother and fiancée at the invitation of the president and first lady.
His father joined them there.
From Washington, Griffin III heads to Indianapolis where he will take part in Super Bowl media events.
He hasn’t decided whether to attend the game Sunday, his parents said.
Earlier this month, Griffin decided to pass on his final season of eligibility at Baylor to enter the NFL draft.
On Jan. 16, he flew to Arizona accompanied by his mother and fiancée to begin five weeks of intensive training at a sports performance facility.
Griffin is projected to be one of the top picks in April's NFL draft.
He and Stanford's Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, are likely to be the first two quarterbacks selected.
Griffin played 41 games during his record-setting career at Baylor, completing 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, along with 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing.
He completed 72 percent of his passes this year for 4,239 yards and 37 TDs.