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RGIII on success

I just realized I never published Robert Griffin III’s most quotable quote from his recent interview with ESPN 980’s Chris Cooley. Here it is. This came when Cooley asked whether this season 2013 would be considered something of a failure absent a Super Bowl.

“I feel like success can be looked at in many different ways, but everybody’s goal at the beginning of the year is to win the Super Bowl,” Griffin said. “It’s just about is that an empty goal? Or is it something that you really believe? And I think that the team believes that. I think the seven-game winning streak at the end of the year last year helped everybody believe that.

“If we show up and we play like we’re supposed to play every week, we can win every game,” Griffin continued. “There’s no doubt about that. So we want to win the Super Bowl. I’m excited about this team — not only because of what the media might see as far as me coming back — but I feel like our defense is better, I feel like our offense has more continuity as far as the same offensive line, the same receivers. And it’s gonna be a lot of fun. I think people will be pleasantly surprised.

“But it’s not about talking about it, it’s about going and doing it,” he concluded. “You don’t have to be everyone’s preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl.”

Speaking of which, the Redskins appear to be Chris Cooley’s preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl, as seen here, via The Redskins Blog.

Cooley also asked Griffin about his precise rehab routine.

“You were the first person I’ve ever seen bring all the treatment equipment into the meeting room,” Cooley said. “I’m telling you, you want to talk about a guy bugging me to death, doing hamstring curls on a ball and leg extensions and making a bunch of noise, no one does this. People go in, they get an hour treatment, and then they leave.”

“At the end of the year, I would bring it into the meetings, so I could work in while we’re doing the meetings while still paying attention,” Griffin said after laughing. “This offseason was crazy, going to rehab four times a day — three times at the rehab facility and then once at night. For about the first month I did that just to make sure I could get to where I wanted to be. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of long hours. Some days I was up here at Redskins Park from 7 to 7, and it sucked real bad to spend that much time up here. But the end goal was all the same: to play and be able to play  at a high level. And that’s what I’ve done this offseason. And it was not easy, by no means, but like I said, it was all worth it.”

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



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