RGIII & Bryce Harper Cover Boys of ESPN the Magazine's 15th Year Anniversary Issue

What are the three things that Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper and Redskinss quarterback Robert Griffin III have in common?

1. Both are young phenoms leading the resurgence of DC sports

2. Both are featured on cover of ESPN the Magazine's 15th Anniversary Issue

3. No matter how often I see their faces in endorsements, whether it is Bryce jacking a baseball 400 feet in his Under Armour gear or RGIII housing a foot long Subway Club, I will never get sick of it. The more, the better.

They’re exciting, they’re charismatic and they’re good. We’re not Tebowing these guys. We don’t do something about them in every issue. We do something when the moment is special, when we think the occasion matches the interest level in these guys. And certainly right now it’s hard to argue against Harper being in this issue, as good as he’s playing. RGIII was just at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner and his knee is still in the news. It’s kind of a no-brainer if you look back at last year, RGIII in charisma, in style of play, in skill-set, in the attention being paid to every move he made on the field and the decision to keep him on the field, he’s going to be one of those guys you are going to want to know what he does, no matter what he’s doing….Let’s enjoy him, because he’s as dynamic and thoughtful and interesting an athlete as we’ve had in a long time. It’s a natural for him. And Bryce is the same thing, in terms of the charisma and the skill level. The NFL is a year-round sport, and he’s going to be a year-round subject. He matters all the time. It’s a good time to be a D.C. fan.
— Chad Millman, editor-in-Chief, ESPN the Magazine