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Football Now Robert Griffin III’s Focus

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 19, 2012 – 2:57 pm


It’s almost a certainty that Robert Griffin III has all kinds of people in his ear telling him what to do — and what not to do.

Just seeing the kind of person Griffin III has presented himself to be thus far in his short rookie season with the Redskins, I think it’d be safe to say the quarterback has the right people in his circle giving him advice.

A couple members of the media, however, have some additional nuggets of advice for the Redskins’ first-round (second overall) selection in April’s NFL Draft.

Dan Graziano, ESPN.com’s NFC East blogger, said Wednesday in his “Blogger Blitz” video that the pressure has now shifted from the Redskins’ to sign Griffin III — which happened early Wednesday — to Griffin III to live up to the hype.

“Robert Griffin III’s mission from this point on is to get to work and his job is to be the savior of the Washington Redskins franchise,” Graziano said. “That sounds heavy; it sounds like a big deal; it sounds like a lot to put on a young man. But when you trade that much for him and pay him as much as the Redskins are paying him, that’s the expectation; that’s what Robert Griffin III faces from Day 1 in Washington, and it’s time for him to get to work and start becoming the face and the future and the franchise in Washington.”

 

Graziano is right. The pressure is on Griffin III to turn things around for the Redskins and get the franchise back in the playoffs, where it was a mainstay two decades ago. There’s no harder position in sports than quarterback — and I think that difficulty magnifies significantly when you’re dealing with a fan base as passionate and as starved as the Redskins’.

One other media member said he hopes Griffin III avoids the path of another young D.C.-area superstar athlete who he said spent too much of his time in front of the cameras.

Tarik El-Bashir — the new Redskins Insider for CSNWashington.com — said Wednesday on Geico SportsNetCentral that Griffin III’s recently released adidas and Gatorade commercials, his appearances on the ESPYs award show and his Twitter activity compares to the same hectic schedule Washington Capitals’ star left winger Alexander Ovechkin has taken on.

“The first thing I’ve noticed about RGIII is he’s everywhere,” El-Bashir said. “Now, you don’t want to tell the kid not to have any fun, but I saw Alexander Ovechkin get pulled in different directions, and I thought it really weighed heavily on him. Sometimes there were distractions — there were times where he should’ve been resting and preparing for a game, and he was working on getting ready for a commercial shoot or he was flying back from a commercial shoot.”

 

El-Bashir said Griffin III being under contract should slow down his commercial opportunities.

“Now that it’s time, now that you have your contract, it’s time to start studying that playbook — get off Twitter so much,” he said.”

 

Given Griffin III’s age and his status as a rookie quarterback with the Redskins, I tend to agree with El-Bashir’s stance. I would say this, however: several quarterbacks — Peyton Manning, for example — have done a tremendous job increasing their commercial appeal while leading their team to success on the field.

If Griffin III shows he can balance the commercial and the football aspects — both of which could be considered full-time endeavors at times — then I see no problems with it.


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12 Responses to “Football Now Robert Griffin III’s Focus”

  1. By mel andrews on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    Man I’m glad someone else mentioned his focus FIRST—Prove you are the man and player you are touted to be, You have a whole career ahead of you if you deserve it—FOOTBALL first–photo ops second- your sucess on the field will tell you what kind of fortune you will earn in the future/Im hoping for a great amount!

  2. By Running Back Club on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Sigh… First of all, RGIII is not on twitter “so much” – 2wice, maybe 3 times per week? He’s under contract with Adidas. He’s under contract with Gatorade. I do agree that personally, I’d prefer him to not be so visible, but that’s being way selfish and it’s from my perspective based on the disaster it might cause. bottom line is: do well RGIII then it’s all good!

  3. By educationalvision on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Perhaps RG3 was intentionally getting the photo opps done before camp, so he can focus on football. As the Heisman winner, there was no way he was going to avoid much of the publicity he has received. I am concerned however about all the hype before he has really done anything on the nfl field. Let’s give him a chance to grow into the top notch nfl QB I expect him to become.

  4. By Greg on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Can anyone please tell me why RG3 has “Griffin III” on his back. That is not his last name. His last name is Griffin. To me this shows an arrogance on his part, and a complete disrespect for his father and his grandfather. He was named after both, and using “Griifin III” basically says “I’m better than you” to his family. Next thing you know we will be allowing “He Hate Me” on someone’s back. Come on Robert, show some class!

  5. By Garrett on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Greg.. The “III” on his jersey is a tribute to his father and grandfather. He explained it in many of his interviews upon receiving the NFL approval to do so.

  6. By Jones on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Greg, here’s the article explaining his decision to use the “III” on his jersey. You are misunderstanding his intention. It’s actually out of respect. Ignorance is bliss, huh Greg?

  7. By Brandon on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Get a clue Greg..stop hating just to hate.

  8. By rick on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    As for the “III”, I believe that his Grandmother anointed that moniker to him. It is a tribute to his lineage and also to his Grandmother. Before you post stupid rhetoric, know the facts.

  9. By BigDaddyTM on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Greg, what are you smokin’? He has Griffin III on his jersey to HONOR hsi dad and grandfather! Is your argument with Griff or about the special exceptions that were given to him and Helu (Helu Jr now)??

  10. By Jones on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7820629/nfl-robert-griffin-iii-more-just-name-baylor-heisman-winner-espn-magazine

  11. By Sports Cloud on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin is more visible because of his season at Baylor but let’s not forget that this is partially an effect of the new rookie pay scale. Rookies are guaranteed less money in their contracts and many of them are making up for it in advertising dollars. This isn’t strange at all and I think he’ll be fine once training camp rolls around.

  12. By BigDaddyTM on Jul 21, 2012 | Reply

    @jones : Thanks for the link! Fantastic story!

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