Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III made quite the splash, literally, as he tried to kick off the 2023 college football season with a bang. Griffin, who was set to commentate on the Washington-Boise State game, decided to film his opening segment on a boat. The Heisman Trophy winner was discussing Washington's impressive passing offense from the previous year when he made an unexpected move.
As he finished his remarks, Griffin tossed his microphone aside and jumped into the water, much to the surprise of spectators and viewers. However, the excitement quickly turned into embarrassment as his pants split right as he leaped. "I ripped my pants!" Griffin exclaimed after resurfacing from the water, leaving him in an awkward situation on live television.
Not one to shy away from a humorous moment, Griffin later shared the aftermath of his jump on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter). He posted a photo holding his torn pants and wearing a towel around his waist, along with a two-photo meme comparing his ripped pants to SpongeBob SquarePants. "College football is back with a splash...And a rip of pants!" Griffin wrote, adding a laughing emoji.
Despite the wardrobe malfunction, Griffin joined Bob Wischusen and Kris Budden in the ESPN broadcast booth for Washington's season-opening game against Boise State. The game turned out to be a dominant victory for the Huskies, who defeated the 10th-ranked Boise State team with a final score of 56-19. Griffin had praised Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. in his opening comments, and Penix delivered an outstanding performance with 29 completions out of 40 attempts, amassing 450 yards and five passing touchdowns.
Griffin's broadcasting career began in 2021 after his eight-season NFL tenure, where he played for Washington, the Browns, and the Ravens. As a top-five draft pick in 2012, Griffin achieved notable accolades such as Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection. Since joining ESPN, he has provided analysis and commentary for both college football and the NFL. Despite the embarrassing pants mishap, Griffin's lively and entertaining presence continues to make waves in the world of sports broadcasting.
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