Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III admitted that despite his laid-back manner, heâ€™ll feel some pre-game nerves before his teamâ€™s season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. But Griffin intends to maintain an even keel rather than let emotions run high.
Â â€śEverybody gets nervous, everyone gets antsy, anxious, any word you want to use to put on that, and it happens,â€ť Griffin said. â€śBut you do try to stay calm. I have to. I canâ€™t go in there and stumble over my words and be too excited in the huddle with those guys. â€¦ I do get excited when we do good things because thatâ€™s what guys need to see. But for the most part, I do try to stay calm.â€ť
Â To control his emotions, Griffin will go through his usual pre-game rituals, which include slipping on his headphones and listening to some R&B tunes.
Â â€śItâ€™s in my music selection at the beginning of the game. I try to stay real cool, calm and collective,â€ť Griffin said. â€śI throw a little Michael Jackson in there to spice it up. But other than that, you just try to clear your mind and donâ€™t think about it too much.â€ť
Â While some players prefer to get pumped up before games, Griffin has learned that the times he took that approach, he failed miserably.
Â â€śIâ€™ve learned a lesson,â€ť he said. â€śI was that way all the way through high school and my freshman year of college. I think my sophomore year, I tried to get a little too â€“ as they say in college â€“ crunk, and I didnâ€™t play well for about three games doing that getting crunk stuff. Itâ€™s just not who I am. So I just try to make sure I stay calm, stay cool, calm and collective, and I donâ€™t worry about what other guys do. Everyone has a different way of getting ready, and it just happens to be my way and I know that.â€ť