Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III jumped on to the national scene for a previously downtrodden Baylor Bears football program back in 2011. The following year, he earned the Heisman Trophy and was the No. 2 overall selection in the NFL draft.
For RGIII, it seems that his success created as many skeptics as supporters. And he’s perfectly fine with that.
They doubted in High School They doubted a turnaround at @Baylor They doubted a Heisman was possible Keep doubting. It's nothing New.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 20, 2014
I am not entirely too sure who “they” are. There are a ton of skeptics out there right now. Some don’t believe RGIII is prepared to stay healthy and have success over the course of an entire season because of his reckless playing style. Others aren’t sure he can succeed as a quarterback in a pro-style offense.
In addition to this, a recent report from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller suggests that RGIII may not be well liked in the Redskins locker room and has started to alienate some of his teammates (h/t NESN.com).
(The feeling) is that RG3 is not very well-liked in that locker room. We’ve heard things like this before. … The feeling is he started to alienate some of his teammates on the offensive side of the ball.
In any event, RGIII is entering an important season. He’s eligible to sign a long-term extension following the 2014 campaign and needs to prove to Washington’s brass that he is the quarterback of the future. Another injury-plagued season could very well lead more doubters to publicly question RGIII’s ability to be a viable starter in the NFL.
It’s not known whether the Redskins quarterback was talking specifically about doubters in the past or if he’s noticing a certain level of criticism being thrown his way in recent months. As an active member of social media, maybe RGIII needs to stop listening to the skeptics and just focus on what’s happening on the football field. No quarterback needs that type of distraction, let alone someone as enigmatic as the young signal caller.