Hey, more Robert Griffin III interviews!
The rookie quarterback was on yet another promotional media tour on Tuesday, this one in honor of Assassin’s Creed III, and featuring interviews with a variety of print and broadcast outlets.
For example, he said this, to the AP’s Joseph White.
“I don’t think there’s a player on this team that has any doubt that I’m a leader of a football team, and that every time we step on the football field we have a chance to win, not only because I’m their quarterback, but because they’re out there with me. It’s something you build over time. Kind of like if you’re dating a girl: You don’t show her everything on the first date.”
Good quote. But when you spend your whole off day doing media hits, you might eventually get tripped up. And so it was when RGIII made like his 19th ESPN appearance of the afternoon. Chris McKendry asked him about upcoming meetings with Michael Vick and Cam Newton, and which QBs he compares himself to.
“You know, I try not to limit myself to comparing myself to one person,” Griffin said. “You try to blend your game from everybody else’s game. So you can be elusive like a Vick or a Randall Cunningham; you can manage the game and manage the pocket like Peyton Manning or Tom Brees; or just be exceptional at what you do like Aaron Rodgers. So I just try to take all that, put it in my game and then add my own twist to it.”
Saying “Tom Brees” might be the biggest mistake thus far in his rookie campaign, which is saying something. McKendry — a former member of the D.C. sports media corps — also asked RGIII how to characterize Washington as a sports town, in light of some recent debates.
“Everyone’s excited about the other teams if they go out and do well, but if the Redskins aren’t doing well or competing or being exciting, then the town seems to be a little bit down,” he said. “So we’ve definitely lifted up the town, even though we are 3-4, and we’re looking forward to going out and getting more wins for them. It’s kind of similar to being in Texas; football’s always king, and football’s definitely king in this city.”
McKendry also asked him about comparisons to the accomplishments of Sammy Baugh; “I mean, it’s great,” Griffin said. “Our job is to bring this team back to where it was, and to even exceed those heights that they reached. So for me, it’s great to know about that history, to know where this team was, where it’s been and where we’re trying to go.”
And Griffin was asked about the biggest difference between college and the pros.
“There’s a lot of superstars in this league,” Griffin said. “And as a fan of the game, just last year, I’m watching as a college student, watching these guys play. And when you step out on the field, you have to realize that it’s no longer, hey, that’s the celebrity that I’ve watched over the past couple years. It’s this guy’s really trying to eliminate me from this game, and I have to make sure that I take care of myself and make sure I go out and help my team win against him, and leave the celebrity status stuff for the offseason.”
Now go buy Assassin’s Creed III, or whatever.
(Via Reader Adam)