While some Redskins fans and local media members have been put off by comparisons between Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick, the Redskins rookie has said that, at a minimum, he was inspired by Vick as a kid.
“When he first started in ’01, I think I was 11 years old,” Griffin said last month. “So to watch him play and be inspired to play football by guys like him, to see him own up to his mistake and now be where he’s at in his career, having some of the best years of his career in Philly, it’s really good to see. And to have him come talk [to NFL rookies], I think everybody in that room was zoned in. He’s a guy that everything he says holds some power.”
Vick is now on something of a media tour of his own, and that recently landed him on 106.7 The Fan’s Kevin and Rock Show. (Audio here.) Of course, the hosts eventually asked about the RGIII comparisons.
“I think it’s a great comparison,” Vick said. “ I think guys like RGIII idolized me as they grew up playing football. I think Cam and Robert Griffin III both were inspired by me and my play. And that’s me being a trend setter, game transcending, and guys wanting to emulate one another.
“And I think that’s what it’s all about,” he continued. “I wanted to emulate Steve Young and be just like him, and Charlie Ward, and Randall Cunningham, guys who played before me. So I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s a credit to what I’ve been able to do, what I’ve been able to accomplish — but first and foremost to the ability that God gave me — for younger players to want to pattern themselves after me.”
Well, I guess he didn’t really wind up discussing the comparison much.
Other interesting bits from Vick’s local radio appearance.
On whether he talks to Roger Goodell: “ Man, if Roger needs me he can call me. He’ll call me, trust me. We do text each other from time to time: holidays, Father’s Day, days where we feel like we should speak and we should talk, certain opportunities, something that he needs me for, something I need him for. That’s the great part of it.”
On Amani Toomer ranking Tony Romo ahead of Eli Manning: “C’mon Amani Toomer, really? Really? Whenever I heard it, I may have been watching on SportsCenter. If I was watching it on TV, I’d turn the channel; if one of my friends told me that, I’d walk away. I’ve got a lot of respect for Tony Romo, but I’ve got a lot of respect for Eli Manning as well. I mean, the man has two Super Bowl rings. What can you say?”
On his feelings about 2012: “Motivated. Motivated after last year. I was very pleased with the way we finished the season, disappointed with how we started. But we have a chance to do it all over again this year.”