Becoming a Redskin: RGIII's journey
This is a great article and telling on a number of levels: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/becoming-a-redskin-robert-griffin-iiis-journey-from-texas-to-washington/2012/07/20/gJQAg5LCyW_story_1.html
My favorite parts with some commentary:
[quote:f8f5fedc2b]The hectic schedule had some people close to Griffin wondering whether he was spreading himself too thin, but he promised them it wasn't too much and insisted the marketing engine would shut down once training camp started. The goal was partly financial. Griffin hoped to live for the year off his sponsorship income, which could reach seven figures for someone with his national appeal, and put all his Redskins earnings --more than $14 million in bonus and salary--in savings.[/quote:f8f5fedc2b]
:shock: How many 1st round QBs in NFL history are there that have done that, do you think? I think it speaks a lot about his character; money is [i:f8f5fedc2b]not[/i:f8f5fedc2b] going to be what gets him through the day at this level.
[quote:f8f5fedc2b]"I've definitely been busy, but I've found my pockets of time to chill out and relax for three or four days, and make sure I can spend some time with my family before I have to go off," Griffin said. "I usually ask myself, 'Am I doing too much?' And usually when I ask myself that, I am. And I haven't asked myself that."
The Redskins and Griffin's agents at Creative Artists Agency did their part to keep Griffin's schedule clear by limiting his media availability. He did almost no one-on-one interviews between the draft and the start of training camp, other than those arranged by sponsors, who traded access to Griffin for exposure for their products.
But from the outside, it appeared as if Griffin was everywhere. He did Leno. He posed for pictures with Snoop Dogg at an adidas event. He won an ESPY, and walked the red carpet. His first adidas commercial, a dark, futuristic spot titled "Do What Light Does," went viral on Twitter.[/quote:f8f5fedc2b]
For those that have expressed concern that RGIII is doing too much with the media, take note of what's going on here. Griffin is a young man who has learned how to manage his time with laser focus and precision. I suspect he rarely wastes more than a few minutes a day — so even when he blocks off time to relax, it's with a purpose in mind.
I especially love that even though he seems to be everywhere, he's actually had his media availability rather [i:f8f5fedc2b]limited[/i:f8f5fedc2b] by the Redskins so that he can focus on the task at hand. And of course he says it is all shutting down the moment training camp starts.
In sum, the suspicions that he is not properly focused are not justified, and I think we can all relax about how RGIII is handling things. (Read the article to get a sense of how hard he's been working.)
[quote:f8f5fedc2b][RGIII] waited patiently until everyone at the dinner table seemed absorbed in conversation, then rose silently to his feet.
It was March 20 in Waco, Tex., in a private back room at the 135 Prime steakhouse, and Griffin and his family were having dinner with the top brass of the Washington Redskins: owner Dan Snyder, head coach Mike Shanahan, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.
The next day, at Baylor University's pro day, would be the first time Griffin, the Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, would throw passes in front of NFL personnel before the April 25 draft, for which the Redskins held the No. 2 overall pick.
At first, no one at the table seemed to notice as Griffin — trying to be casual, as if he was merely too warm — stood and began to remove his green adidas hoodie. But then the others caught a glimpse of what he was wearing underneath: a burgundy, official NFL-issue T-shirt, with a large Redskins logo on the front.
The bold statement, which Griffin later acknowledged was "premeditated," sent the room into spasms of laughter and applause. The Redskins' brass seemed shocked, considering the draft was still five weeks away, the 22-year old Griffin had yet to throw for them and there was still some uncertainty over what the Indianapolis Colts would do with the No. 1 overall pick. But they seemed blown away by the gesture. His mission accomplished, Griffin flashed his now-famous, toothy smile and sat back down.
Griffin laughed, he later recalled, but he was dead serious about his message: I want to be a Redskin.[/quote:f8f5fedc2b]
Ballsy move by RGIII. Remember that he hadn't even had his pro day yet. Yes, the Colts had only been talking Luck, but at that point there were still open questions about who they'd take.
I love it. Can't wait to see this kid play, and of course I won't be vouching for a Pro Bowl appearance (much less his enshrinement in Canton) until he actually does, but every single thing I have ever heard about him or seen from him has been the right move. Every single thing.
I'm still on the younger side, but one thing I have learned from life is that while talent is important in opening up doors, it's the people who work hard that are successful. And rarely do you see someone with a lot of talent who works unceasingly [i:f8f5fedc2b]not[/i:f8f5fedc2b] make it to the top of his game, whether that's engineering, writing, medicine, or playing football.
The people who are betting against RGIII are really just hoping that some fluke hits him. I know which side of that bet I'd want to be on.