Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III knows he was drafted by a team with a rabid fan base, and he knows that fan base is sick and tired of all the losing. And he says he likes that.
Griffin said on ESPN Radio this morning that he embraces the enthusiasm he feels from Redskins fans and doesn’t feel pressure just because the fans in Washington are counting on him to be the franchise savior.
“It’s not my job to look at it as pressure,” Griffin said. “Who am I to tell them not to be excited? There’s definitely not going to be a lack of excitement for the team. It’s just up to us, as a team, to go out and be a team and provide everybody something to cheer for.”
Griffin said the experience of turning a traditionally weak football program into a winner during his college career at Baylor showed him how much that can mean to the team’s fans.
“The city and the surrounding area are definitely hungry for success,” Griffin said. “That’s something that I’m used to, going to Baylor University, and being in Waco and helping that community — not only myself but a lot of guys I played with — that shows you what happens when a community is hungry for success and you’re willing to go out and do what it takes to give them that success.”
If Griffin brings as much success as the Redskins are expecting, he’ll be the most popular man in the nation’s capital.