One of the first moves of Washington Redskins number one draft choice Robert Griffin III is an act that combines self-preservation with the profit motive.

He has signed an endorsement contract with EvoShield and will enhance his on-field armor with “Gel-to-Shell,” padding designed to allow athletes to custom fit protective equipment to their bodies.

The core of the protective gear is a gel that is added to existing protective gear and is molded to the shape of the body to provide added collision protection without adding much weight.

Griffin joins a growing list of National Football League players to add the devices to their equipment. “It’s an honor to be the face of EvoShield protection for football,” Griffin said in a press release.

The former Heisman Trophy winning signal caller has been donning EvoShield’s products since his first year at Baylor. “Spreading the news about a product that I truly believe in – not just something that was thrown on me where they said, ‘Hey, wear this and say you like it.’ It’s something that I’ve gone through trials and tribulations with and it’s protected me. I know by getting the word out to young kids, to those playing football, and to those who have medical conditions and just need protection, that it’ll have a positive impact on them, too. That’s what I’m excited about – just the fact that I can go out there and have my voice heard in a way that can protect millions.”

In addition to signing the Redskins number one draftee, EvoShield lists Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush and Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy as EvoShield endorsers. EvoShield also equips Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, St. Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina, Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham and Phoenix Coyotes right winger Shane Doan, Montreal Canadiens center Blake Geoffrion and lacrosse standout Ned Crotty.

Griffin’s endorsements continue to flood in since his entrance into the NFL last April. He’s already signed on with Subway, Addidas and cell phone giant Sprint.

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO