Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told the Washington Post that all of the criticism he’s received this season hasn’t bothered him.
“You take life as it comes. Life’s going to throw you curveballs sometimes. You just have got to figure out which ones to try and hit,” Griffin said. “Right now, it’s not a burden. It’s a burden if you make it a burden. You’ve got to believe. It only takes one person to believe so you can have success. I always believe in this team. I always believe in these players and so on and so on. That’s what it is for me. It’s not a burden. I understand what comes with being the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. I understand what comes with being a quarterback in the NFL. And yeah, it might be a little harder here because of certain aspects of what goes on around this team. I understand that.”
RG3 was then asked what he meant by “a little harder here,” and “around this team.”
“Just the big city, bright lights, big media market — those are the things. Our fan base is great. They demand success. They got a taste of it last year and they’re going to want more of that and we’ve got to provide it and we will. I think we will. So I think that those are some of the factors that go into it. It’s not a small town. It’s not a small-city team that doesn’t have a big media room like this. It’s part of it and I understand that. Even coming from a small town in high school and a medium-sized town in Waco in Texas, you come, you step up to another level, you’re in the big city, bright lights and you’ve got to perform, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Griffin believes he can handle any negativity thrown his way.
“I’ve got tough skin,” he said. “My parents brought me up the right way — military background, discipline and all that stuff — and I’m happy to call them my parents and they’ve done a great job there for me. I have all that inside of me and that’s all it takes. You’ve got to have it inside of you to make it in this world and that’s what I have got to do.”
We’ll see how tough Griffin really as he tries to rally his team from another 3-6 record to make the playoffs like they did last season.