“You might have a bad day today, but there’s always a bright, shining star to look forward to tomorrow.”
Robert Griffin III used Gabriella Miller’s words to embody his message.
The Redskins quarterback and three of his most popular teammates answered questions at a Chalk Talk on Monday Night to raise funds and awareness for the Smashing Walnuts foundation. Griffin III, Pierre Garcon, Ryan Kerrigan and Alfred Morris let the audience into their personal lives, answering questions about their taste in music and shoes, their childhood idols and their favorite superheroes.
Then they answered a question that drew serious answers. What advice did they have for kids about dealing with adversity?
Griffin III answered last, finishing his response with the quote from Miller, a victim of brain cancer who became a larger than life advocate for pediatric cancer research before she passed away.
Before quoting Miller, he shared his approach to dealing with tough times.
“It’s real easy to be yourself and see the bright side of everything when things are going great,” Griffin III said. “You truly find out who you are, as a man, as a woman, just a person in general, when things aren’t going your way. Do you waver?
“I think you can do that as a kid. You go out to the playground. You’re playing at recess, playing soccer, playing some basketball. Your team doesn’t win that day. Do you go back out the next day and try as hard as you possibly can or do you say hey, I’m not gonna play at recess anymore. I’m just gonna stay inside. That’s a small, little example.”
Kerrigan talked about deciding not to fixate on the negative during a 3-11 season.
“As you all know, it’s been a tough season for us,” Kerrigan said.
“One thing that’s kind of kept me going this year is still getting the chance to still have a positive effect on the community like we are now. Just try to see the positives in life and don’t dwell on the negatives, because that’s only going to tear you down further.”
Morris built on Kerrigan’s message, saying he’s encouraged by the approach in the locker room.
“You always have to find a positive within a negative situation,” Morris said.
“Right now our negative is we’re not playing so great. I mean our record doesn’t say it, but I know the positive with that is we’re all giving our all each and every day. It’s not really translating as wins right now. But there’s nobody I wouldn’t go to war for in that locker room right now, because I know everybody is giving it there all.”
Garçon thought back to his roots, preaching the power of self belief.
“Dealing with tough times, you just have to remember why you started,” he said.
“Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do anything. I come from a D-III (college), from a single parent, single mother, all women in my family. I’m the youngest and the only boy, so nobody taught me football. I just kept playing. I just kept working at it and definitely gave it my all. At the end of the day you cannot be upset about giving your all to what you believe in.”
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