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The message on RGIII’s locker

We’ve known about the messages posted on Robert Griffin III’s Redskins Park locker since mid-August, when reporters were allowed inside for the first time this season.

That pesky no photos rule, though, meant we haven’t seen images. Or at least, I haven’t seen images. Until Gatorade published its latest bit of brand-sponsored RGIII behind-the-scenes footage, which includes him taking some kids and parents for a tour of the Park.

“This is where we gear up to go to war,” he tells the kids as they enter the locker room. “They always say, if you look at a guy’s locker, you know if he loves football or not. I just have all these quotes up here, just to remind me of things that keep me going. I just ask guys, ‘What’s your why, why are you here every day, why do you do what you do?’ Everybody has a different why, but as long as you know your why, nothing can stop you.”

“He’s a poet sometimes,” Brian Orakpo then observes.

(My why: Because The Post pays me? Because I have nothing better to do? Because I can transcribe radio interviews really quickly? Because web traffic? Not sure.)

Griffin and Orakpo also take the kids to the Redskins Park practice fields, the auditorium, the weight room, the training room, the cafeteria, and the “Players Club,” which includes a chess board set-up.

“You should definitely play chess,” Griffin tells them. “I don’t, but you should.”

The segment — which was filmed during the bye week — concludes with Griffin talking to the camera about what happens next.

“The second half of the season, I think everybody can expect a hungry team and a very hungry quarterback,” he says. “And it doesn’t matter what our record is at the end of the year, I’m gonna give it all I’ve got every single play.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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