Robert Griffin III straight up shat the bed the past two seasons. When he wasn’t either injured or riding the bench for back-up Colt McCoy, he was leading the Redskins on a trail of tears to the bottom of the division. On the field, he was a shell of the promising rookie he was in 2012, but in his own mind, he’s the best quarterback in the game – and he doesn’t have to prove it to you, either.
“I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league, and I have to go out and show that,” he told the station. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be.
“There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”
“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy,” Griffin said.
Okay, so first he says he does have to prove himself, then he says he doesn’t, but that whole “I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything” statement is a little concerning, especially if you’re a ‘Skins fan. Also, if this season is as miserable as the last, will he still think he’s better than Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Andrew Luck?
While claiming to be the best in the game when he hasn’t even come close might make RG3 seem less self-aware than an infant confused by its reflection, you have to respect his blind confidence. It does seem uncharacteristic of a guy like Griffin, though. That’s the kind of statement you’d expect from the meatheaded Gronks and Watts of the league, not the quiet, contemplative former college honors student. I worry that Griffin, a textbook over-thinker, just put even more unnecessary pressure on himself, and that he doesn’t actually believe he’s the best. He seems like too rational of a dude.
For RG3’s sake, I do hope this attitude isn’t feigned. Having the self-assurance to pull off a seemingly impossible task is the first step towards greatness, whether it be talking to the girl who’s way out of your league sitting in the corner of the bar, standing your ground when her massive boyfriend tells you to back off, or dominating the NFL as a top quarterback. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But if you can’t back your shit up, you’re going to leave the bar with a black eye..
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