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VIDEO: Griffin III On Being A Black QB

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 12, 2012 – 4:43 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

When his NFL career is over — hopefully years and years from now — Robert Griffin III wants to be known simply as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game of football.

And though Griffin III would like to eventually have his names tossed around with the other greatest quarterbacks of all-time, he knows that the color of his skin draws other comparisons.

Griffin III said today, however, that skin color should have nothing to do with how he’s perceived as a quarterback, as many black quarterbacks are mislabeled as “running” QBs.

“They’re always going to try to put you in a box with other African American quarterbacks – [Michael] Vick, [Cam] Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon,” Griffin III said. “But there’s guys, like the guys I just mentioned, Warren Moon, and Doug Williams, who really didn’t run that much.”

Griffin III considers the “running quarterback” stereotype to be negative, especially when looking at the careers of players like Moon — a 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee — and Williams — who won a Super Bowl with the Redskins in 1987.

“Those guys threw it around,” Griffin III said. “I like to think I can throw it around a little bit. That’s the goal – just to go out, and not to try to prove anybody wrong, but just let your talents speak for themselves.”

Griffin III was asked today in his weekly session with the media what a pioneer like Martin Luther King Jr. means to him, and how he reacts to being labeled an “African-American quarterback” and someone many Redskins fans can relate to. Here’s the full video:

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