Grete Šadeiko is an Estonian athlete, who competes in Heptathlon global sporting events, and who attracted public interest with her marriage to an American footballer, Robert Griffin III, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).
Early Life and Family
Grete Šadeiko was born on 29 May 1993, in Turi, Estonia, to parents David Šadeiko and Gritas Šadeiko; she has an older sister, Grit Šadeiko, and a younger sister, Jade Šadeiko. They came from a family of athletes, and were raised in a household where fitness training and sport competitions were part of daily life. She and Grit were both trained in track and field, while Jade was into volleyball.
Thank you love!!!!🥰❤️ https://t.co/VETjeGoc5T
— Grete Griffin (@GGriffinIII) May 30, 2019
She matriculated from Turi Uhisgumnaasium High School in Estonia, and then enrolled into Florida University in 2012 – her subject and details of graduation are unknown.
Grete is an athlete in the sport of Heptathlon in Estonia, who entered several international competitions including the World Junior Championships and the European U23 Championships. She competed in the 2010 World Championship in Moncton, Canada garnering 5705 points which ranked her in 4th place, a few points away from the Bronze Medal. In 2012, she represented Estonia again in the 2012 World Junior Championship in Barcelona, Spain but unfortunately ranked 9th with 5517 points.
During her time with the Florida State’s track and field team, she was selected in the second team in All-America after ranking 11th at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Outdoors.
In 2015, she qualified to represent her country in the European U23 Championships held in Tallinn, Estonia, and ended in 5th place with 5813points.
She married Robert Griffin III on 12 March 2018 in a lavish wedding ceremony in Miami, Florida with about 100 guests. Her family came to witness the extravagant festivities which featured what they call a square room literally made of hanging crystals in the middle of the venue where the ceremony took place.
They also had a specialty lightbox where you could create your own music video, very similar to the one that was used in the Met Gala. Their 8‑month‑old daughter, Gloria was donned in a cute dress to match her mother’s beautiful wedding gown.
Grete met Robert via the popular social media app, Instagram. They became engaged in May of 2017. Little else is known about their dating timeline, as Robert was still married to his first wife during that time but already separated for several months. It was only in August of 2016 that they were seen together holding hands in public, as reported by the New York Daily News, and a month after that, he started posting about her on his Instagram account; Grete’s Instagram account was still private back then.
They welcomed another baby girl, Gameya, on 7 September 2019 and the family are currently living in Baltimore, Maryland.
Who is Robert Griffin III?
Robert Lee “RG3”Griffin III was born on 12 February 1990, in Okinawa, Japan to parents Robert Griffin Jr. and Jacqueline Ross – his parents were both US Army sergeants stationed in Japan during that time. When they went back to the US they were stationed in Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, then assigned to New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1997, his parents retired from the army and settled permanently in Copperas Cove, Texas.
Robert was a star in three different sports in Copperas Cove High School. While he excelled in basketball, football, and track, it was football that paved the way for his college recruitment. Several universities were courting him to play for them, including Houston, Stanford, Illinois, and Washington State. At first, he wanted to play for Houston but when the head coach transferred to Baylor University, he decided to join him there. Another reason for his decision was the university’s track and field program.
His rookie year with the Baylor Bears football team was a success, and he was awarded 2008 Offensive Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 Conference.
His performance throughout his college years was remarkable. Even if his team didn’t make it to the National Championship, he ended his college football career winning the Heisman Trophy, making history by being the first Baylor player to win it, and also the first such player missing out on the National Championship game since Tim Tebow in 2007. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and continued studying for a Master’s degree in Communications the following year.
Robert’s track and field record was also remarkable. He won the 400-meter hurdles in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship, as well as in the Big 12 Conference Championship. He even qualified to compete in the Olympic trials, but only advanced to the semifinals.
In 2012 he entered the NFL Draft, and he was the second overall pick by the Washington Redskins.
He wore number 10 jersey with his Griffin III on the back, making him the first professional player in the four major sports to use a Roman numeral with his name. His rookie season was a huge success, and he earned the title NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 2012, and was selected to the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) All-Rookie Team. He was also given the chance to be included in the All-Star 2013 Pro Bowl, but due to injuries he wasn’t able to make it.
Things did not go well during the following season. Robert failed to duplicate his rookie performance, and his not so great stats continued the next season. It didn’t help that he kept getting injured, and even had a concussion in 2015; the Redskins didn’t have any choice but to release him in 2016 to the Cleveland Browns, on a $15 million contract for two years.
He became the team’s starting quarterback, but was again injured and had to be sidelined. After one season, he was released by the Browns and became a free agent.
In 2018, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens on a one year contract, and was the back-up quarterback for the team. He performed well during the season and so his contract was renewed for two more years, and he’s currently doing great with the team.
Robert was previously married to Rebecca Liddicoat, a college sweetheart and fellow Baylor student in 2013. They had a daughter in 2015 but the marriage went sour, and in 2016, Robert filed for a divorce.
- Grete was supposed to be training for the 2020 Olympics, but was sidelined once again as she gave birth to their second child.
- Grete was once dubbed as a homewrecker by some fans as they thought she was the reason that Robert’s first marriage didn’t work out, but it was revealed that Robert was separated from his first wife for several months before she entered the picture. However, she was the reason he filed for divorce, since he wanted to be single and free to pursue her without any legal issues. His first wife was reportedly blindsided by the divorce and was hoping to reconcile with him.
- Grete’s name was tattooed on the arm of Robert, and later on she reciprocated by having his name on her arm as well.
Social Media Activity
She is quite active with her Instagram account, @ GretegIII, but not as active as Robert. Most of her posts are about her family, particularly her daughters.
She is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, weighs 127lbs (58kg), and has a fit, well-toned body shape. Grete is Caucasian and has blonde hair and green eyes.
There is no information about Grete’s actual net worth, but sources estimated her husband’s net worth as of June 2020 at $13 million, with a salary of $5 million.