Robert Griffin III, once a track star himself, congratulates Olympians

As he follows the track and field portion of the Olympic games from afar, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sees some familiar faces.

As is well documented, Griffin used to run track, and while at Baylor took gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big 12 championship. He also reached the Olympic trials in 2008.

Griffin elected to pursue football over track, but he still closely monitors the sport. On Monday, he extended best wishes to some of the Olympians.

“Congrats to Sanya Richards and Usain Bolt, winning the 100 and 400 [meters],” Griffin said. Team USA’s Sanya Richards-Ross won the women’s 400-meter dash Monday and Jamaica’s Bolt, as everyone knows, won the 100-meter dash on Sunday. “It’s pretty exciting to watch those races.”

Griffin said he knows many of the athletes competing in track and field.

“I know a bunch of them. I trained with Sanya at Baylor, because she trains at Baylor with Coach [Clyde] Hart. I’ve run against a bunch of those guys. In the track world, we’re all family, and I’m really proud of everything that they’re doing.”

Griffin isn’t having second thoughts over his career choice, however. When asked if he wished he was competing at the Olympics, he said, “No, not at all.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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