Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was among the hottest NFL prospects in years when he married Boulder-raised Rebecca Liddicoat in Colorado in July 2013. Since then, he's played poorly and been plagued by injuries — but his off-the-field life could hardly be better. On his 25th birthday, he announced via Twitter that he and Liddicoat were expecting their first child.
It was not exactly love at first sight when Rebecca Liddicoat, BS '10, met Robert in March 2009. A mutual friend arranged for them to meet.
"When I first met him, I thought he was a little weird," admits Liddicoat, a native of Boulder, Colo. who majored in biology and was president of CHI's Service Club. "I was a little nervous, and I asked him why he was wearing girls socks. He had on those weird socks he always wears," referring to the colorful apparel Robert often dons, featuring the likenesses of characters like Cookie Monster, SpongeBob SquarePants and Scooby-Doo.
"I was just getting out of a real bad relationship," Robert remembers. "I really wasn't looking to get into another one, but she rubbed me the right way. There's just something about Becca; she's all for me, and sometimes you need people in your life like that."
Liddicoat says Griffin was humble and funny, and the two soon began dating.
Fast forward to just after the weather delayed Baylor's Homecoming 2010 victory over Kansas State, which clinched Baylor's bowl eligibility. Griffin decided the night was ripe for a grand finale.
"After the game, all of our parents were there, but they had already left us before we left the stadium," says Rebecca. "Robert was acting kind of strange, driving slow. He was stalling and coming up with things to do, and he said we have to go to the indoor facility. I wasn't really expecting it. When we got there it was all dark, and then I realized something was happening."
Liddicoat says she and Robert have a special place on campus and she had always expected he would propose there, but the rain made the spot less appealing that night. As usual, Robert was prepared. He audibled to the Allison Indoor Practice Facility.
Inside the candlelit building, Robert retrieved the ring from his father, then crooned a ballad he had penned for the occasion, accompanied by a teammate with a guitar. Surrounded by their families, he took a knee and popped the question.
"It was really a happy moment. I was just all smiles," Liddicoat recalls.
At the 2013 wedding, radio personality Rock Newman snapped and shared photos aplenty, including this image of the ceremony itself....
...as well as their first dance as a married couple.... ...and a snapshot of a guest familiar to local sports fans, ex-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan (prior to his firing from the head job in Washington):
As for yesterday's announcement, here's the RGIII tweet:
The news made headlines well outside the typical sports press. Note a piece from E Online, which notes the similarities between the latest pic and one Justin Timberlake Instagrammed to let the world know his significant other, Jessica Biel, was with child:
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Note that Biel was also raised in Boulder; she graduated from Fairview.
It must be a Colorado thing.