If Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III doesn’t become an elite quarterback, it won’t be because he’s not trying hard. As head coach Jay Gruden praised RGIII in a recent interview when he was asked about the quarterback’s new Adidas logo, saying: “He works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
Nearly everything that Griffin does to promote himself typically gets criticized by pundits who feel it takes away from him working on his game and leading the team. So it’s good to see Jay Gruden pointing out that this player does indeed work hard to make himself better, as some would like to believe he doesn’t.
The fact is that Robert Griffin III is an in demand professional athlete. He’s not your typical quarterback or player for that matter, so he shouldn’t pretend to act like one. Your typical quarterback doesn’t have companies designing logos for them, so that’s why it’s typically not even a consideration for them.
And subsequently they don’t receive criticism for something that’s not even an issue. But it seems that Jay Gruden gets this in a way that some coaches never would. You would think that most coaches don’t want to have to deal with a celebrity at quarterback, but this is the way things are headed.
Why try to down play it, why not embrace it? As long as Robert Griffin III continues to work hard and tries to get better, why begrudge him the opportunity to make money, like Jay Gruden said? And some of the greatest athletes have had both style and substance.
So it’s very possible to have a great work ethic and great marketability at the same time. I won’t compare RGIII to some of those great athletes, but we’ve seen it before. And there’s nothing wrong with Robert Griffin III aspiring to that. So instead of trying to stifle it, Jay Gruden embraces that mind-set. And I think the team will be better because of it.