Training camp in Richmond came to a close this weekend, and before Robert Griffin III left, he sat down with WJLA’s Alex Parker for a discussion about where he is as a player and a person. This preseason hasn’t been without marginal controversy for the quarterback, with some fans wondering if his father — an ever-present identity at practice — is there too much.
He also showed a side that clearly has been affected since he first came into the league. Instead of the upstart friendly face who just wants to compete, being a dad and quarterback in the spotlight have changed his vision on just what being a professional athlete is all about.
“It’s not the game you thought it was when you were a kid and you were dreaming of playing and being a professional athlete,” Griffin said. “There’s more business that goes into it, there’s more ruthlessness, backstabbing than you would expect. But at the end of the day when you put your helmet on, your shoulder pads and your pants, your cleats, and you get to go out there and run around on the field, it’s still that same game that you played as a kid.
“So when I look at it that way, I’m like, man, it’s an honor, it’s a blessing to be at this level, to be able to go out here with 90 guys and truly enjoy, truly enjoy this process. So that’s where I look at it now. I didn’t expect the other stuff, but I think God’s helped me grow through everything that I’ve had to go through here in Washington and it’ll make me better for the future.”
As for his ability on the field, he’s as confident as ever. In a comment that could be seen as either harmless hyperbole or incredible overconfidence, he said that there’s no real competition at the position, at least in his mind.
“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” he said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”
The whole interview is worth watching. Griffin went on to discuss his family and what life is now like as a father playing football. Overall, it’s an interesting look at a player whose body language still appears to suggest he believes this team has a chance to achieve something special.