Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is giving thanks to Nelson Mandela after the South African revolutionary passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
Griffin was born on Feb. 12, 1990, one day after the anti-apartheid leader walked out of prison following 27 years of incarceration.
He tweeted the following: “Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela and Thank you #RIPNelsonMandela”
Within minutes the Redskins quarterback’s message was retweeted nearly a thousand times.
Griffin’s understudy Kirk Cousins also paid tribute to Mandela.
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela and Thank you #RIPNelsonMandela
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 5, 2013