In what probably isn’t a likely occurrence, an end of game handshake turned into something more than just a formality in sportsmanship when the NFC East deciding game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins ended. Robert Griffin III, the quarterback of the rival Redskins, spoke kinds words to Cowboys downtrodden quarterback Tony Romo. And Showtime’s Inside the NFL was there to hear what he said.
“Hey Tony. I just wanted to say to you, don’t listen to what anybody else is saying about you. You’re a great quarterback, man. And this game doesn’t mean anything.”
As a Cowboys fan, I don’t know whether to be more upset that the Redskins have found a quarterback who is a winner, or that Griffin is already a better leader as rookie than Romo has ever been. Clearly RG III is a great player and he understands the magnitude of a big moment, something Romo has never quite grasped.
However, there is another side of me that can’t help but wonder if Griffin has the slightest clue what he was talking. Griffin can’t possibly understand the scrutiny that Romo goes through on a day to day basis as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Everyone thinks they know what Romo goes through but there are only a precious few people who truly understand what he’s going through right now.
Griffin also has some giant ‘you know whats’ to say the game on Sunday didn’t mean anything because it did, especially for Tony Romo. Griffin’s career is just starting and Romo’s is on the down slide, with very little significant success, so with all due respect, Griffin is way off on that part of his pep talk.
So while I actually like Robert Griffin III and plenty of people are applauding what he said to Tony Romo after the game on Sunday, I am aggravated with his naivety and with the pompousness of what he said. Griffin can’t possibly understand what Romo is going through, despite what he thinks he knows about being the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. No one knows unless they’ve been in that position, somewhere Griffin has never been.
Here’s to hoping Tony Romo can return the favor at some other time in the future.
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