It’s no secret. The National media outlets have grown enamored with the new face of the Washington Redskins. After a spectacular season that culminated in the revitalization of the football scene in DC, as well as a division championship, Robert Griffin III was injured in the Redskins playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Two days after the game, RGIII underwent surgery on the ACL and LCL in his right knee. Ever since that day, the media has been giving all kinds stories including the quarterback. From the walk that he did on stage during his acceptance of the AP’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award, to his adventures tossing the ball to an elephant during a trip to the circus, or even releasing the wedding registry for him and his fiancee, Rebecca Liddicoat.
In 2011, the national media had another darling in the sport of professional football. Current Free Agent QB Tim Tebow won over many Denver fans during his time as the starting QB he went 7-4 during his 11 games, and consistently willed the Broncos to victories, and a division championship, with the help of his defense. In their playoff game against the Steelers, Tebow out dueled Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger with a game-winning pass to Demaryius Thomas. That win over the Steelers brought Tebow’s reign of popularity, conveniently dubbed “Tebow Mania”, to an all-time high. During the off season that year, ESPN maintained a steady flow of stories that had to do with Tebow, like his running without a shirt during the Jets training camp. At this point in time, Tebow hasn’t found another job in the NFL. Tebow is seen as one of the most annoying players in the NFL solely because of the attention that he garnered throughout the season.
Apart from the obvious differences in talent, both Tebow and Griffin III are comparable. Tebow’s rise to fame quickly became an annoyance to the average football fan because of his over saturation in the media. Griffin III is in danger of falling into the same category as Tebow. Griffin III doesn’t have the luxury of avoiding the media, but the way the off season has progressed since the conclusion of the NFL Draft, it doesn’t seem like the media wants to find other stories to cover. Personally, I get annoyed when a team I follow is overexposed as it puts unnecessary target on that team. But this adds to the many questions that the Redskins will have to answer in 2013. So far, RG3 and the Redskins have responded well to the “media darling” status that RG3 has reached with the team. Once the season starts, we can look back at this article and see if the media is still enamored with RG3.