Ex-Heisman winner lauds Jayson Tatum after Game 1 masterpiece for Boston Celtics

One former College Football star speaks out about Jayson Tatum''s performance during overtime of Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers. The comments were uplifting, to say the least.
Jayson Tatum stepped up during overtime of Game 1.
Jayson Tatum stepped up during overtime of Game 1. / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages

Jayson Tatum did not have the most efficient game of his career against the Indiana Pacers during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. However, he completed the game in fashion and, more importantly, with a win. Tatum and the Celtics defeated the Pacers 133-128 in overtime. The former Duke Blue Devil notched a double-double with 36 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.

Interestingly enough, Robert Griffin III, the former College Football Heisman winner out of Baylor University, came out on X (formerly Twitter), praising No. 0 for his efforts during the added five minutes to the game clock.

"The Jayson Tatum turnover in OT looked like it shifted all the momentum. But then he showed us WHY HE IS HIM. He got it back with an And 1 and then hit them with a side step 3 pointer to extend the lead. THAT’S HOW YOU RESPOND TO ADVERSITY," Griffin said.

Griffin, who can be seen on ESPN's First Take these days, displayed supreme enthusiasm after the nail-biting victory by the C's.

In case you are unaware of Tatum's performance, check it out in this video below.

Jayson Tatum rose to the occasion for the Boston Celtics in overtime of Game 1 vs Pacers

Tatum dumped in two of eight three-pointers, but nothing had a greater impact than the one he drained over Tyrese Haliburton in overtime, making the score 127-123. The entire TD Garden was sent into a frenzy, displaying his supreme clutch ability.

The superstar was doing superstar things, as he should.

Joe Mazzulla and his team never faltered even though the lead was compromised down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Courtesy of Jaylen Brown's epic swish in the corner of the inbound pass by Jrue Holiday.

Tatum, Brown, and Holiday showed out when it mattered most en route to capturing another title. However, the Indiana Pacers stand in the way of making that fantasy come to life.