Here’s a non-original thought about Robert Griffin III: He probably doesn’t need to worry quite so much about whether people like him.
I’d guess that most Redskins fans — and D.C. sports fans in general — already like him quite a bit. And that some don’t, which is inevitable for a public figure. And that the more games he wins, the more people will like him, which is not really fair, but is a fact of life for pro athletes. And that nothing good can come from wondering whether last year’s Shanahanigans damaged his public standing.
That’s why I would have just excised this bit from Griffin’s recent conversation with ESPN 980′s Chris Russell.
Russell: One last thing and then I’ll let you go: You and I have developed our relationship over the years. I think I know the real Robert Griffin III. The true Robert Griffin III. Do you think the fans and the critics — media, some of us here — know the real Robert Griffin III, what you’re really all about?
Griffin: You know, I think there’s been so much put out there that it might cloud a lot of peoples’ judgment of me. But I can’t come on the airwaves and say ‘Hey, this is who I am.’ It’s people like you, people like my parents, people like my teammates that can go out there and tell people who the real Robert Griffin is. But you know, I don’t want people to look at last year and see what was put out there, some of the false reports and everything, and try to pin that on me as a person or as an individual. I’d rather them try to get to know me, talk to you, talk to people that know me truly, so they can really understand what I’m all about. Or just look at what I’m doing. And that’s something that comes from the heart. It’s not for show.
Russell: You excited for football?
Griffin: Oh, I’m so ready baby. I hope the fans are ready too, man. Because like we say, we’re going to put on for them this year. And that’s not boasting or bragging. It’s just we are a confident football team, we believe in what we’re doing and I know our coach believes in us too.
And yes, many sportswriters — present company included — also worry way too much about whether people like us. Fortunately, we don’t have to give interviews about this topic.