RG3’s advice to top QB prospects: ‘Don’t get caught up’ in the hype
It was only six short years ago that Robert Griffin III was in the shoes of the highly touted quarterbacking prospects set to embark upon their NFL careers. And in the years since, RG3 learned a very valuable lesson: Don’t believe the hype.
Griffin is getting a second chance to resurrect his NFL career after signing a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. At his introductory press conference earlier this week, Griffin revealed that a few of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class have reached out to him.
“Right now, it’s all about what everybody is saying, and you can get caught up in that,” Griffin said of the advice he’d give the young signal-callers, via ESPN. “Don’t get caught up in that. It’s about playing the game. Play it at a high level and listen to your coach. Know exactly who you are as a player and know that they’re there to make you better.”
RG3 also offered up some sage advice to the 2018 NFL Draft quarterbacking class.
“Everybody wants to be labeled the best quarterback, the best this, the best that,” Griffin said. “I see the guys get caught up in that a little bit. You just want to make sure you don’t. It is important to feel a certain kind of way, but where you get drafted, where you go, is as important as the number behind your name. Hopefully, those guys get in a great organization that will take care of them. I want them to succeed and help facilitate that as best as possible. I wish the best for every single one of them.”
The mention of the young quarterbacks getting drafted by a “great organization that will take care of them” arguably could be inferred as a shot at the Washington Redskins, the team that selected Griffin with the second-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. After a dynamic rookie season, injuries initially stalled his career before RG3 quickly fell out of favor with the organization before finally being cut after the 2015 season.
Griffin hopes the same fate doesn’t befall these young quarterbacks.