Life at the top can be hard for some people, except Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III.
In fact, I think the guy yearns for it just to show folks what he’s able to do…and make them believers.
In the past couple of months as OTAs came and went there has already been a stir about “The arm”, along with his speed and business-like stature on the field. His following is growing as anticipation grows for the day we all get to see what it will be like from Week One forward.
I’m telling you, this is what he wants.
This is how he wants each Redskin fan to feel. When asked about how he manages an environment like this recently on ESPN radio, Griffin said, “It’s not my job to look at it as pressure. People are excited about what’s going on in D.C. right now, who am I to tell them not to be excited? It’s definitely not going to be a lack of excitement for the team. It’s up to us, as a team, to go out there as a team and provide something for people to cheer for.”
When it came to his goals, he said, “For me it’s just making sure my teammates have my back and are on my side. You always want to go into the season knowing that the people have your back no matter what happens and I think we’re working towards that. I think they truly do believe in me and I believe in them. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters because then we can go out and do what we need to do to win games.”
With training camp to begin in a matter of days around the NFL, it’s obvious Griffin has mentally prepared himself for the call of Redskins greatness. He knows the expectation is high. He’s not playing for the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, or Philadelphia Eagles as a backup. He’s the man now, leading a professional football team and possibly saving jobs indirectly.
Griffin knows it’s not as much about him as it is about the team’s performance as a whole. And what’s the “it”? The 2012 NFL Season.
If it’s up to Griffin, in the end, no matter what team you’re a fan of, he’s going to make you a believer, because that’s what he wants.