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RGIII on Lil Jon and media critics

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Lost in the latest reports from Robert Griffin III on his knee and the Redskins offense were a couple of gems he offered to the D.C. press corps Wednesday afternoon. (Video here.)

The first came when the AP’s Joseph White asked about Griffin’s postgame promise to become a more vocal leader if that’s what the team needed.

“I take it upon myself to be that guy,” Griffin said. “I’ve never been a hype man. But Lil Jon’s a Redskin fan, and you can learn a little bit from him. So I’ll be the hype man if they need me to be the hype man — I’ll get everybody motivated. That’s what you’ve got to do as a quarterback, you’ve got to motivate guys, you’ve got to inspire them to go play great. And if you feel like the team doesn’t have enough energy at the time, you just create that energy.”

Fredericksburg’s Zac Boyer then noted than White possibly wasn’t familiar with Lil Jon’s oeuvre.

“No, he has no idea,” Griffin agreed. “Didn’t crack a smile or anything.”

Later, ESPN’s John Keim asked Griffin about how he could spark the team’s offense, meaning with his play.

“I’ll do whatever we have to do to win the game,” Griffin said, in part. “That’s always been my mindset. And I’m the quarterback, so if I have to create that energy, if I have to spit a rap line in the huddle, sure, whatever, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes to get that energy.”

Will he spit a rap line in the huddle? Will he quote Lil Jon? Stay tuned.

The other part that intrigued me came when ESPN 980’s Chris Russell asked about the white noise of NFL analysts.

“Robert, there’s been some ex-coaches and ex-players that have played this game, national outlets that have said Robert shouldn’t be playing, it should be Kirk,” Russell said. “What is your reaction to that? Does that motivate you or does it upset you?”

“I mean, it doesn’t do anything for me,” Griffin said. “People outside of here don’t know what we go through every day. They don’t know what’s going on in this team. It’s like we said after the game amongst ourselves: if they’re not for us, then they’re against us. And we don’t have to worry about what they say, worry about what they want us to do. We know what we have to do. And that’s how you approach that.”

Later, someone asked about the insane pinballing from analysts and fans, who had the rookie in the Hall of Fame last season and now think he might be hurting the team.

“When it comes to the fans, for us, as a team, right now, fans are there to support us,” he said. “And that’s what this team needs, is we need the support of our fans. We don’t need them trying to tear this team apart. And that’s all you can say about that.”


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



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Dan Steinberg · September 19, 2013