Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is happy spending his summer preparing for his rookie season in the NFL, but there’s a small part of him that wishes he were spending his summer in London and competing in the Olympics.
Griffin, who was a good enough hurdler that he could have been an Olympian if he hadn’t decided to dedicate himself full-time to football, told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that when he watches the Olympic trials it’s frustrating to him to know that it could be him out there.
“My dad was talking to me about it [Wednesday night] and he was saying that a lot of my peers, the guys that I beat growing up, are running at the trials,” Griffin said. “And . . . it does suck. I mean, that’s the only way to say it. It sucks. But I’m definitely fortunate to be in the situation that I am, being in the NFL, being a franchise quarterback for a team with the opportunity to go out and do an infinite amount of things.”
Griffin even mused that, “If I wake up one day and it’s 2016 and I say I want to go run the hurdles again, I can do that.”
But it’s pretty safe to say Griffin won’t do that. Every fourth summer he may feel a twinge of nostalgia for his other sport, but his present and his future are in football.