It has recently come to light that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, better known as RGIII, considers himself the best quarterback in the league. Now, some of you reading this and the headlines circulating like wildfires in the media, have extremely puzzled looks on your faces and are angered by the absurdity of his statement, whether you’re a fan or not. However, something was clearly taken out of context.
His statement did not reflect any kind of reality that we or even Griffin himself knows and understands, because quite simply he is certainly not the best quarterback in the NFL. However, if that is what he has to tell himself to rise above the obstacles that have plagued him for the past two seasons, then so be it.
Here is exactly what RGIII told Alex Parker of WJLA:
“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that.”
It is meant to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s put quite clearly in his words that by saying he is the best, he will be, and he will work towards that title even if he never gets there in the eyes of the media or analysts. It’s a self-confidence booster after a few years of scrutiny, criticism, and the idea that we may never see the RGIII we fell in love with during his rookie year, again.
For those of you who need reminding, back in 2013 Griffin left a wildcard game versus the Seattle Seahawks after tearing both his LCL and ACL. Despite playing in the 2013 season opener, Griffin was a former shell of himself and all expectations of a bright future began to dwindle indefinitely.
However, glints of hope have returned despite two seasons of struggles and a dislocated ankle to top it, and he has been named the starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Through his comments, we should be more inspired by his determination to prove himself rather than outraged by a false intent.
Griffin went on to tell Parker:
“Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”
He’s a fighter, and in sports we usually like those kinds of guys. Otherwise, what exactly are we watching the games for, right?