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Baylor boys thankful for NJ stranger
Terrance Ganaway and Robert T. Griffin believe it was divine intervention that brought them to the Jets. The pair also believes the same forces were at work when they boarded a plane together from Dallas to Newark on Thursday morning.
A friendly stranger, seated in the row in front of them, gave the Baylor boys the scoop on New Jersey -- everything from where to eat, where to shop, where to find the best malls, what to do in New York City and, even, where to go at Christmas time.
“That lady, she really helped us out,” said Griffin, who goes by the nicknames “RGII” or “Big Griff.” “She gave us a long piece of paper full of stuff...And she had no idea who we were. Terrance Ganaway finally told her who we were and what we do. A lady like that, it’s real helpful for someone to talk to us like that. I really thank that lady a lot. She added me and Terrance on Twitter, so I hope we get to talk to her soon and stay close friends with her.”
Both Ganaway and Griffin -- sixth round selections taken 202nd and 203rd overall, respectively, in the NFL draft -- created a stir in the Waco, Texas, airport when they boarded a flight with “RGIII” -- the well-known Baylor quarterback who was picked second overall by the Redskins.
“Pictures and stuff started popping up. It was inevitable,” Ganaway said of the commotion the trio caused. “People getting out their phones and stuff like that. ...And Robert Griffin is a big human being. So it’s not like he’s going to play golf or nothing like that. So when you see him step on the plane, you figure he’s about to go do some things.”
Ganaway -- who rushed for 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, including 200 yards and five TDs in Alamo Bowl -- said having “Big Griff” alongside him in the Jets locker room makes their NFL journey all the more special.
“Griff is a character,” he said of his seemingly mild-mannered teammate. “I love that guy. He’ll fight for you, and he’s going to get rowdy. He’s going to get rowdy. You’re going to see a lot of his personality later on the air.”
After doing “big things” together at Baylor, Griffin said he and Ganaway are just what Rex Ryan’s ground and pound game need.
“He wants physical and he wants power and he wants people to run the football,” said the 6-6, 230 pound guard. “And I feel like I could fit good into this team. I want to do whatever it takes to help this team out.”
He’s also excited to work with Tebow, a quarterback who had lots of success in an option offense at Florida.
“Bringing in Tebow, yeah, it’s going to get real around here,” said Griffin. “You’re going to start seeing that ball get pounded down. I’m pretty sure that’s what a lot of people want to see.”
But as he has Ganaway look toward their future together on the Jets, Griffin likely won’t forget the stranger who helped ease their uncertainty about their new home.
Griffin said he doesn’t remember the woman’s name, “but she was really nice,” he said.
“That’s something that we needed,” he said. “We’re not from here, we’re from Texas. So coming out here, I had no clue.”
“We were just really talking about her accent,” Ganaway said, drawing laughs from the media. “She was telling us the hot spots. I said we’re going to be really busy. ...The hot spots’ll be 1 Jets Drive.”