Robert Griffin III opens up about ‘bad perception’ that hurt his NFL career in Washington
In a podcast with John Keim, the Washington Redskins reporter from ESPN, Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III spoke about his impact on the Redskins, his year outside of football, and his addition to the Ravens.
Griffin said that media coverage of him in Washington never matched him and that those who knew what was going on behind the scenes could follow what had happened.
"To hold 100, media coverage of me in Washington was part of the reason people were pleasantly surprised," Griffin said of his time after the Redskins. "The people who have always known me have always known that I was always that type. People who really sit down and look at what happened in Washington know exactly why it happened."
He added that he had learned lessons from his time in Washington from 2012 to 2016 and used it as a motivational tool in his career. While Griffin was suspended for the 2017 season, he attributed part of this reason to his perception in the league he created in Washington.
"When I got Baltimore, they just brought me in and said," Look, man, be yourself, we have your back. Hopefully you can show us that you can form this team, "said Griffin." I think I have proven to Baltimore Ravens and hopefully the rest of the league that everything that happened in Washington was not a by-product of me didn't work hard, not a by-product of being a bad teammate or whatever negative things that were written. That was just a by-product of an angry trainer. That is just the bottom line. "
Griffin took the league by storm in 2012 and led the Redskins to a 10-6 win after a 3-6 start on the way to the NFC East Division title. This season, he won the Rookie of the Year after a year of 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, just five interceptions, and a completion percentage of 65.6. He hurried 815 yards and seven touchdowns on 120 rushes, which in his three years of play for the Redskins turned out to be almost half of his total rushes.
Griffin blew his knee out in the 2012 NFC wild card game against the Seahawks at the end of the fourth quarter. The diagnosis was a torn LCL and ACL.
"If you leave college and you have all the excitement and all the hype and then you go out and deliver, your team wins the division, you win the rookie of the year and then you have a serious injury, I think it was all part of it," Griffin said. "The exam was not a problem. I think everyone has to have the same vision from an organizational point of view. Unfortunately, that just wasn't the case. I don't think anyone is lost at this point." . "
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Griffin said he occasionally looked back on the 2012 season - and noticed how injured he was on the track - but has since stopped seeing past games from that track.
He said it was a lot to attract a young quarterback like him, who was 22 at the time.
The 30-year-old still has one year left for his contract with the Ravens as a backup quarterback for Lamar Jackson, the league's reigning MVP. And Griffin's time with the Redskins is now firmly in the rearview mirror.
"The bottom line was that I was hurt and I was hurt too many times and it didn't work for me, it wasn't for me to be a Washington Redskin for my entire career," said Griffin. "Do you wish everyone were aligned? Yes. But at the end of the day they weren't. That's just the bottom line, you have to keep going. I think I did a good job at Baltimore and really only maximized the chance I got with such a great organization. "
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Robert Griffin III talks about bad perceptions that affected his NFL career in Washington and originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
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