Robert Griffin III on the Cowboys


(Bebeto Matthews/AP)

I don’t care if I’m going overboard. I got an e-mail from Reader Don, as in Graham, who indicated that he's enjoying the coverage. Good enough for me.

Also, the QB keeps finding ways to make his interviews interesting, as in this one with ESPN 980’s Chris Russell.

Russell asked Griffin what he thinks of when he hears the name Dallas Cowboys.

“They’re a rival,” Griffin said. “I’ve never been a Cowboy fan. I’m not a Cowboy hater, but as soon as I put on the burgundy and gold, I’m all for the burgundy and gold. And that’s something that I try to live by. When I put on the green and gold, I wasn’t chanting the Texas A&M Aggies’ fight song. I try to bond with my teammates, bond with the fans in that way. So you won’t see me taking it easy on the Cowboys because I’m from Texas, you won’t see me cheering for the Cowboys because I’m from Texas. I’ll be a Redskin, through and through.”

(Pauses, to allow readers to go order a jersey. Or 17.)

And then Russell asked Griffin about his competition with Andrew Luck to be the first pick of the draft.

“Could you say he won that competition? I guess you could,” Griffin said. “But I know I’m the No. 1 quarterback for the Washington Redskins, and that’s all that matters in my heart. That’s all I wanted. I wanted a team that wanted me, and I found that. And for the rest of our careers we’ll be compared. I don’t shy away from that. I know it’s gonna happen. But my job isn’t to just be better than Andrew Luck. It’s to be the best.”

(Pauses, to allow readers to get Griffin’s image tattooed on their sternums.)

Russell also asked Griffin what it felt like to see the Redskins trade such a bounty for his services.

“Washington went out and did an act and showed that they want me,” he said. “They want me to be their quarterback. I hope it was not just a move by the GM or just the coach; I hope it was the GM, the coach, the owner, ALL the coaches, ALL the players, because I want to be that guy for them. I went out and did what I was supposed to do — I made a team fall in love with me. I worked hard, and my hard work paid off.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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