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RGIII's Logo - So is he not supposed to earn a living?

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.



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  • Jeff Hunter

    Here’s the thing . . . if he comes out and lays a stinkero on the field like he did last season then the criticisms have foundation. It doesn’t mean they’re right, it just means that that if RG3 doesn’t live up to expectations then folks have a reason to question why he spent his time and focus on marketing RG3 instead of improving RG3. If he comes out and shows that he was worth mortgaging all those draft picks (I still have my doubts) then folks will shut up. It’s entirely in his control.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Jeff, if RGIII doesn’t play well, then isn’t that all the more reason for him to cash in now? Because the endorsements won’t be there for him later. However, I don’t think it’s a good idea to enter into any endeavor by hoping you won’t fail. That’s a trap. You have go in believing that you’re going to succeed, no matter what anyone else thinks, and gamble on yourself.

      And I think some of the criticism on RGIII’s performance last season wasn’t warranted. If you consider the fact that he was recovering from a catastrophic knee injury, missed an entire offseason of practice, and didn’t play in the preseason, wouldn’t you say those are understandable reasons for the drop off in his play?

      Your typical hater won’t take those things into consideration because they don’t care to, they just want to criticize regardless. And some of those will criticize even if RGIII has a good season, so you have to drown it out. But from everything I’ve seen over the past three years, a healthy RGIII with an entire offseason to prepare, will play at a high level in 2014. But how high is yet to be seen.

      Also take a closer look at the RGIII trade. People keep saying the Rams came out on top of that trade, and yet all they have to show for it is two straight losing seasons, and they’ll probably have another one in 2014. The Redskins have a division title, which they wouldn’t have won without RGIII. So I think the trade is paying off so far. But we’ll see.

      • Jeff Hunter

        Maurice – Sure RG3 should cash in now. I would! ;-) But my point wasn’t that, or if his critics are right or not . . . only that until he becomes a franchise QB to justify trading away all those picks the criticims are going to keep coming, right or wrong. The only way he’s going to make them shut up is to become the franchise QB that he’s supposed to be and I don’t see that happening without a Lombardi trophy. One, or even many, Division Titles in a weak division (the NFC East isn’t what it used to be) isn’t going to cut it. It’s going to take a Lombardi trophy to justify trading away the future.
        As for last year not being his fault – no, not entirely. But who’s fault was it that he didn’t come out of the game against the Seahawks when they were up by 2 touchdowns, tore up his knee worse than it already was, and then had to go through an offseason of intensive rehab instead of working on his craft? Could Cousins have managed that game to a win? We’ll never know. RG3′s and Shanahan’s pride saw to that.

        • Maurice Barksdale

          Good points Jeff, but of course all Redskins fan want to get that fourth Lombardi trophy, and I hope RGIII can lead them to it. But it’s not all on him, he’s not Superman. Even if he plays at a high level, the Redskins need to ensure the rest of the team is up to par as well, especially on defense. Had the Redskins been better defensively last season, the team wouldn’t have needed RGIII to play like he did in 2012.

          As for who was at fault for RGIII’s knee injury? That’s all on Mike Shanahan. With the kind of competitor that RGIII is, he’s not going to take himself out of the game, you know that going in. But Mike Shanahan didn’t have the guts to make the decision. RGIII could barley walk let alone run, Shanahan should have taken him out. It’s the coaches job to decide who plays. A good coach would have known what to do. But that’s why Mike Shanahan has coached his last game in the NFL.