Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recently unveiled a personal logo designed by Adidas. And as has become the norm some people out there have a problem with it, stating that he should be concentrating more on improving his game than on logos and endorsements.
But again I ask the question, if you were in demand would you turn down endorsement opportunities simply to create the perception that you have better things to do than earn a living? Would you really turn down multi-million dollar endorsement deals because of a fear for what some might think? Be honest.
Robert Griffin III isn’t doing anything that the average person wouldn’t do. So why is it that some fans and pundits keep going back to this notion that all NFL quarterbacks are supposed to be some kind of unpretentious bore? Say nothing and do nothing that might be deemed controversial?
RGIII has only a personal responsibility to earn a living for himself and his family. And that comes before any preconceived notion that fans and critics have. An NFL player’s career is short, and they have to strike while the iron is hot. RGIII would be ill-advised not to capitalize financially on his fame right now.
As there will inevitably come a time at some point as it does for all athletes, when the endorsement deals will dry up, and very few will ask you to be a spokesman for their company. So is it really that hard to understand? Or is that some people just simply want to hate on anyone who garners this type of success?
And yes, I understand the perception that Robert Griffin III hasn’t accomplished much so far in his career. But is that perception really true? RGIII is a Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Rookie of the Year, and an All-pro. Most players go through their entire careers not accomplishing any of those accolades.
So the perception that he hasn’t accomplished anything would be false. And think of how much more there is for him to accomplish. This is the question that companies like Adidas are thinking about when they bank on a player like Robert Griffin III. About what’s to come. And Griffin is going to gamble on himself just like anyone with confidence in their abilities would.
Confidence that he can live up to the hype. Confidence that he can become the great player that many believe he can be. But even if he doesn’t, at least he can say he tried, and that he did as much as he could to earn the best possible living for himself and his family along the way. The same way any of us would.