Leave The Man Alone

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III attempts a pass in a week 4 game of the 2012 NFL season against the Buccaneers.

The hourly “RGIII Injury Update” needs to stop.  In this day and age of Twitter and other internet up-to-the-minute news, we need to find a balance between too little and too much.  It’s time to recognize this problem that has been going on since December – the Robert Griffin III obsession.

And this problem is not Griffin himself.  It’s the media and how they’re handling him.

The 23-year old Griffin handles himself perfectly in public – no, he’s not perfect, but nobody is.  However, when he is criticized for posting a picture of his wedding gifts, something is wrong.  Griffin is simply trying to be a normal person, which is what he is.

Before last year’s draft, an anonymous source said Griffin had a “selfish streak.” Each year, former coach Jon Gruden hosts quarterbacks on in his film room known as “Gruden’s QB Camp”, and often gives gifts, such as shirts, to the invited quarterbacks. Griffin was the only quarterback out of 19 that had previously been on the show to give Gruden a gift – he gave him socks – so it is not understandable how anyone could possibly call the second-year pro selfish.

The criticism will always be there, but Griffin exhibits great poise and patience on and off the field – he knows what is best for him to say and do. He shrugs off everything negative said about him in the blink of an eye – not because of his words, but because of his actions and deeds.

Doug Williams, former Redskins quarterback and the only black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl, has had several conversations with Griffin. “To see all the things that are going on with him and how big this thing has become… you’re not talking about some jackass here. All he did was play and everybody else makes a big to do about what he’s doing and what (he) should be doing and what he shouldn’t be doing,” Williams said.

Griffin took some heat when signing autographs near Redskins Park, with people criticizing as to why he was signing during his rehab. “So he’s supposed to rehab the knee 24 hours a day?” said Williams on the matter.  Williams has a point, and his argument says one thing:  leave the man alone.

So, the media wants to disparage a kid that’s just trying to be normal, who was born in Japan to a military family, graduated high school early, was class president, was ranked seventh in his graduating class, is a world class athlete in two sports, won the Heisman trophy two years after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament, graduated college early, and single-handedly re-energized a tired fan base? Please.

Everyone somehow associated with Robert Griffin III needs to simply take a step back, let the man breathe a little, and let him do his thing.

Topics: NFL, Opinion, Washington Redskins

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