Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is 60, which means he’s seen a lot of football, and a lot of movies.
So it’s no surprise his latest reference flew over the head of his 22-year-old quarterback.
After an amazing 311-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Cowboys, Shanahan paid Robert Griffin III one of the ultimate compliments for a man of his generation.
“You know, he’s kind of like Cool Hand Luke,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “He doesn’t get too upset about anything. He just handles himself, and goes about his business, and works extremely hard to prepare for a game. And he knows how to avoid distractions, because he focuses on his job, and doesn’t seem to let anything bother him.
“And that’s why he has the success that he has, because he is very disciplined, and very determined, and he works at it.”
That’s all well and good, but when asked about the reference to the Paul Newman role, one of the best movie characters of all time, RG3 looked stumped for the first time all day.
“He must be pretty cool,” Griffin replied with a laugh when asked if he knew who that was.
He admitted moments later: “I don’t know who that is.”
Well, the movie did come out in 1967, 23 years before RG3 was even born.
Maybe someone will get him a DVD copy. And 50 hard-boiled eggs.