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Redskins fan who named son after RG3 in 2013: ‘I don’t regret it at all’


Given that Robert Griffin III may not be around much longer with the Washington Redskins, one would expect a fan who named his son after the now-benched quarterback after his phenomenal rookie season would be feeling at least a tinge of regret over his arguably impulsive decision.

But to ask Emanuel Vega, the father of two-year-old Robert Griffin Vega, there is not one thing he would change about how things have played out.

“I don’t regret it at all,” Vega told D.C. Sports Bog. “I really respect the guy a lot. I mean, I don’t know a lot about him personally; all I know is what I read and what I see. I don’t know, I guess I’m biased. I’m an RGIII guy. A lot of people say he’s full of himself or he’s an egomaniac, but I don’t see it. I think he knows what he wants; he just wants to be the best quarterback he can, and you can’t blame him. I would just tell him you did everything right, and just don’t ever stop.”

How Vega and his girlfriend arrived at naming their son after RG3 is a story unto itself. It began with a wager over the outcome of a 2012 Thanksgiving Day game between the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. If Washington won, they’d name their son after RG3. If Dallas won, the boy would be named after Miles Austin. RG3 led the way to victory, passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 victory. Robert Griffin Vega was born the following spring.

Vega insists that he will support RG3 no matter what the future holds. And it all comes down to his young son and the memories.

“He’s just a time capsule of the greatest moment of my life,” said Vega of his son RGV. “It meant a lot to me, 2012, that season. To make sure he had the name, that was a big deal for me. For all this to go down the way it went down, it’s just kind of hard to watch.”