Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was unfazed by New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s statement that the rookie quarterback hasn’t yet earned his nickname. Griffin said that Umenyiora can call him, “Bob” if he likes.
Asked about Griffin, Umenyiora said in an interview with New York’s WFAN 660: “Who is this RGIII guy you guys keep talking about? You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL we’re gonna call him RGIII. Right now he’s Bob Griffin.’’
Griffin took the podium at Redskins Park for his first press conference of training camp and was asked about Umenyiora’s comments. The quarterback chuckled and said, “That’s Osi for you. One of my coaches at Baylor called me Bob. Nobody really calls me Bob, but if that’s what he wants to call me that’s fine. He doesn’t have to call me RGIII at all.”
Described by his fellow Redskins as laid back, Griffin said that while RGIII is a nickname that many people call him by, he doesn’t demand that he be addressed by his teammates a certain way.
“I don’t think you can be approachable if you’re larger than life or if they feel you think you’re larger than life. You have got to be down to earth,” Griffin said. “You’ve got to talk to them, be real with them. I think that’s the biggest thing and I try to be real with all of my teammates. I mean, if they want to call me RGIII, they can call me whatever they want. I think that persona of RGIII as far as a fan — it’s not the same feeling for these guys in the locker room.”