Some critics say Griffin should cut down his commercials and concentrate on becoming a better player. But how many of those same critics would turn down the lucrative endorsement deals that RGIII is offered? Probably none. The career of professional athlete is short, and given his injuries RGIII needs to strike while the iron is hot.
So in this regard, people are criticizing him for saying yes to things, they wouldn’t say no to themselves. Because when you really look at it this isn’t your typical situation. It’s rare that an athlete this early in his career has so many endorsement opportunities. But why hold his marketability against him?
It’s not his fault that so many companies want RGIII to be their spokesman. He’s just in a position where he has to try to make it all work. And if he hadn’t had to rehab a torn ACL last offseason, it all more than likely would have worked. Some people seek attention and can’t get it, but RGIII doesn’t have to seek it. It finds him.
When OTA’s start for the Redskins there will be more national media there than some playoff teams will have. Why? Because people will want to see how RGIII and new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden interact together. They want to see if he’s completely healthy. They want to see if he makes any mistakes. If he says anything deemed controversial.
So no, laying low isn’t something that Robert Griffin III will be able to do, even if he tried to. Where ever he is, he attracts attention. The question is, how will he handle that attention from here on out? Will RGIII be able to rise under such intense media scrutiny? Or will he fall beneath it? I know this, it’s going to be interesting finding out.