Robert Griffin III snags cover, profiled in September issue of GQ (photo/video)
As Robert Griffin III makes his remarkably speedy comeback after undergoing surgery to repair the damage inflicted upon both the ACL and LCL in his right knee, Brendan Vaughan met with the Washington Redskins second-year quarterback and what resulted was a fascinating and in-depth profile of the young phenomenon who is revolutionizing the way the quarterback position is played in the NFL.
Some of the highlights of the interview, which are culled from the profile that appears in the September 2013 issue of GQ, “The Second Coming of RG3,” as well as from an interview outtakes piece:
RGIII on recovering from knee injury:
“I say you have to be patiently aggressive. Aggressive when they let you. Patient when they need you to be patient.”
…on Rob Parker’s comments about him and his “blackness”:
“There’s some wrong is what he said, but there’s some wrong in him losing his job as well. And I don’t want people to think that I, you know, that I’m trying to stick it to Rob Parker, or that I’m happy he lost his job. But I was very unhappy with the things he said. I mean, why did he say that?”
…on McNabb publicly criticizing him:
“I don’t think Donovan is an idiot by any means,” Griffin told me. “But right now, it’s probably best that we don’t talk.”
While it’s nice of RG3 to clarify he doesn’t think McNabb is an idiot, the philosophy of “Not Talking to Donovan McNabb right now” seems to be a great idea, only change “right now” to “for the rest of my life.” Hey, don’t blame me, I’m a Vikings fan.
And here’s what Redskins teammate Santana Moss had to say about RG3: “He’s just a good kid, for one, and a hell of a fu**ing athlete. There’s a lot of guys [on the team] that have been doing this for years and been waiting for that kind of guy to be a part of this team. You can’t do nothing but follow him.”
Such language, Mr. Moss.
Finally, on his reputation as a “teetotaler”:
“Never had a drop. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I’ve never done any drugs. I need my body to be at its peak performance, and I want to have a long career, and alcohol can inhibit that sometimes. And I don’t need to get in trouble because I went out and got drunk one night and I don’t know how to be drunk. But she”—he nodded at Rebecca, his wife, who sat with us for part of the interview—”drinks, and I don’t judge, and what I’ve told her a bunch of times is the first time I drink, I’ll drink with her. When I’m done playing and I retire, and it’s time for me to go sit in a big house and do nothing all day, I’m going to drink. You know?”
What a square, man. All kidding aside, it’s hard to poke holes in his logic. There will be plenty of times to enjoy drinking and whatnot after his career is finished.
And here’s a video of RG3 hamming it up on the field while modeling strange ensembles that pair football gear and high-end clothing:
Looking fancy, RG3.