In 1998, when the Colts were wrestling with the question of whether to use the first overall pick in the 1998 draft on Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf (yes, they actually did wrestle with that question), Manning had a warning for the Colts.
“I asked if I could see Bill Polian before I left the building,” Manning told Peter King of SI.com in 2008. “So I went into his office, and Bill and coach [Jim] Mora were in there. Those are two of the most intimidating people I have ever known, and here I was, wanting to know what they were going to do. To be honest, I felt they were kind of stringing me along. So I said, ‘I’d really like to come here if you want me. But if you don’t, I promise you I’ll come back and kick your ass for the next 15 years.’”
So with the Colts apparently not wrestling with the question of whether to use the first overall pick in the 2012 draft on Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III but by all appearances locked in on Luck, I asked Griffin on Tuesday’s PFT Live how he feels about the perception that the Colts aren’t giving him serious consideration to be the first overall pick in the draft.
“If that’s the case, life isn’t fair and I’m not really worried about it,” Griffin said. “I don’t want people to think that I’m so focused in on getting drafted No. 1 overall that I’ll be ungrateful wherever else I go.”
But will the slight be in the back of Griffin’s mind?
“I mean, I try not to play with vendettas,” Griffin said. “You don’t want to act like you’re trying to get out there and get revenge on anybody. But it’s always in the back of your mind.
“And I think that’s what Peyton [was] saying. . . . It just lets you know he look they passed up on you in the draft, let’s go show them why they shouldn’t have done that. . . . You just know that in your mind, and sometimes it is a little bit of extra motivation.”
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