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Robert Griffin III Explains Arm Sleeve On Facebook

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 13, 2014 – 10:36 am



Supposedly the fashion emerged from a case of elbow bursitus plaguing a scrappy guard from Georgetown.

Allen Iverson was known for his style as well as his grit, his braids and his sleeve as well as his intrepid attacks on the basket.



More than a decade after Iverson popularized the compression sleeve in the NBA, Robert Griffin III helped elevate Baylor’s football program, bringing a Heisman trophy to Waco, Texas, with a similar sleeve on his arm.

The quarterback flashed a playful style, wearing Superman socks to the Heisman ceremony in New York.

Griffin III drew the spotlight in Washington with scintillating play during a 10-6 Redskins campaign that earned him 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year. When Griffin III and the Redskins struggled in 2013, some of that attention turned sour.

On Friday, the quarterback took to Facebook to explain why he wears the sleeve and how the attention he attracts doesn’t detract from the team. 

I wear a sleeve because….well the same reason Pierre Garcon wears a fang mouthpiece-S. Moss wears a hand warmer when it’s 70 degrees-Will Montgomery wears elbow pads-Alfred Morris wears shin guards-London Fletcher doesn’t wear sleeves in below freezing weather-Adam Carriker does bicep curls and tricep extensions before a game-Chris Baker dances before every game in the locker room-Logan Paulsen does 2 handed spikes when he celebrates touchdowns-Chris Chester does ninja spins to block people-Some guys wear sleeves & some don’t-Some guys wear wristbands & some don’t-Etc Etc You see WE do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. 


Griffin III asserted that his style is about comfort and routine, then delivered a message to detractors who believe he draws too much attention to himself by filming commercials and holding weekly (league mandated) press conferences during the regular season.

So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it’s because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough.

And that you keep supporting the team.


During a season of turmoil, Griffin III often talked about staying true to himself. He said more than once he wouldn’t change who he was, and I believe the stand on the sleeve is an extension of that mantra.

Griffin III likes to have fun with the game and put as much of an individual stamp on his uniform as the NFL regulations allow.

What’s the harm in “a little party on the left hand” and “all business on the right?”


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