RG3 says he won’t compromise his career to play in season opener

AP

Robert Griffin III sent out a tweet Tuesday that featured a link to a new commercial he filmed for Adidas.

The commercial features exploding scoreboards and football fields — no exploding knees, though — before ending with the tagline “All In for Week 1.” Griffin’s tweet features the same phrase, which naturally garnered some interest from those following his rehab from the knee injury suffered in the team’s playoff loss to the Seahawks.

Some of that interest was from people concerned that Griffin might be pushing too hard to get back for the season opener, which led Griffin back to Twitter a short time later to clarify his position.

“Feel like I need to say this..Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn’t mean I will compromise my career to do so,” Griffin wrote.

It’s the wisest course of action, obviously, and one that should put to rest any immediate fears that Griffin’s being less than judicious with his decision making in regard to his rehab. There’s a long way to go before we’ll have any idea about Griffin’s availability for Week One, Week Two or anything else, which probably means that everyone should keep in mind that advertising slogans aren’t always rooted in reality.

72 responses to “RG3 says he won’t compromise his career to play in season opener

  1. I support whatever the best QB in professional football says. If Mr. Griffin says he’ll be ready, then believe you me, he’ll be ready. Patiently waiting for his RG3urrection to the top of the football world and bring home Lombardi #4 to Washington DC.

  2. I still cannot believe his coach kept him out there in the playoffs…I will never understand that move…or lackthereof.

  3. Glad to see he is looking big picture. Kirk Cousins can get through the first 4 weeks at .500 most likely and getting RG3 back will just be a huge boost for the team. Get well young man

  4. There’s a long way to go before we’ll have any idea about Griffin’s availability for Week One, Week Two or anything else, which probably means that everyone should keep in mind that advertising slogans aren’t always rooted in reality.

    aka you just have nothing else to write about other than this meaningless commercial

  5. Funny how he says that now. He took a beating trying to make plays with his feet last year and compromised his future playing on an already injured knee against Seattle.

    Also, if he truly felt that way why participate in that particular ad? He wouldn’t have had to make such a statement afterwards.

  6. Smart move. Unfortunately, he may have already compromised his career by playing on an already compromised knee in that playoff game.

  7. I saw RGIII at “Disney on Ice” on FEB16. He didnt have a noticeable limp like he did at the Honors Awards. Maybe he and his inner circle are keeping things underwraps.

  8. I am more concerned with him learning the lesson of leaving a game when your hurting your team.

    The outcome may have been different on the scoreboard and in his knee!?

  9. blacknole08 says: Feb 19, 2013 12:11 PM

    Funny how he says that now. He took a beating trying to make plays with his feet last year and compromised his future playing on an already injured knee against Seattle.

    Also, if he truly felt that way why participate in that particular ad? He wouldn’t have had to make such a statement afterwards.
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    Griffin is a very talented individual, and a great leader, but I really doubt he is moonlighting in Adidas’ marketing department designing commercials, and it is equally unlikely that he can talk Adidas’ marketing department out of the commercial they think would be the most effective in selling their product.

  10. Looking forward to his return. He’s easily one of the most exciting players in the game whether he’s running or throwing.

    I fully understand that a lot of the posters here are scared and hope he doesn’t return.

  11. He’ll play week 1. If at all possible, he’ll play…

    This kid is going to watch Cousins from OTA’s through training camp and the preseason and realize he needs to secure his job from the competition. He will start week 1. Write it down.

  12. The Shanahan Nepotism Society will destroy him given due time and opportunity. Why not continue to play a one-legged QB for three more quarters when you have an able and healthy one on the sidelines? Mark it down you heard it here first!

  13. I hope Shanny gets the memo, to say nothing of Dr. ‘Celebrity is more important than player’s long term health’ Andrews.
    Their egos would sacrifice everyone and anyone.
    Looking forward to RG3 return!

  14. I guess that is the advantage of not being in midst of a battle. He darn sure look like he was willing to risk career in that playoff game that he clearly was injured in.

  15. Unless he changes his style of play this will just be the first in a long line of serious injuries. QBs need to rely on their passing ability,not their running ability if they want to avoid injury after injury–just take a look at Vick.

  16. He is still only 22. If I’m him, I rehab like a madman, hold the clipboard for 2013 and come back like brand new in 2014 still at the infant age of 24.

    Beats the alternative of probably playing at 80% for the next 5 years, overcompensating your injured knee and tearing the other one or whatever.

  17. It’s too late to worry about compromising your career now–you already did that during the Seattle game.

  18. It concerns me that RGIII was at Disney on Ice – I was there for that but I have small kids.

    RGIII will be fine. He is a smart kid who learns from his mistakes. He understands that both times he was hurt this year were because he was trying too hard to get one more yard. Granted, Shanny should have been a grown up and pulled him from the Seattle game but the problem would have lingered – there was repair work that needed to be done anyway to his old ACL.

    These guys recover faster and stronger than ever before – medical science is something else. Too bad us mortals cannot get access to that care.

  19. He shouldn’t have played against Seahawks. Cousin’s was drafted to fill a role and he is not a talent level of RG3 but can win games with Morris’s run game. A few healthy pass rushers back will help that secondary. RG3 needs to heal and come back when ready so he can play 15 as their franchise QB.

  20. What Adrian Peterson did was unreal and great for him, but will have unintended consequences for many athletes in the near future. RG3 will think he can do the same thing, and will lie to whoever he has to in order to come back and have a great year. He should sit out 2013, but he never will. I am hoping that this tweet is his first move in the direction of a more realistic and cautious approach to recovery.

  21. Running quarterbacks are exciting, but they are also career killers. RGIII, Cam Newton, Colin Kapernic, and of course Micheal Vick, three years max on their careers at playing an entire season. Oh well, works for me.

  22. First, I like the guy, but the more he’s around I think he may be the prototypical next generation athlete.

    1. Only had one good year in college
    2. Was marketed by second rate school for heisman that boosted his reputation as the greatest ever. this with all the combine drama and now commercials make him the “IT” guy.
    3. Season starts and all the talk is about potential but he immediately starts fast and everyone believes all the hype and makes him the BEST QB in the league/ever by week 3.
    4. Time catches up with the guy, pressure and injuries start to mount and the bloom is off the rose.
    5. Media drama follows him for next 2 years as he trys to come back but never ends up amounting to what we thought he would be after week 3 of his first NFL season.
    6. He hangs around for a while and fades off into sunset while the other underated guys continue to shine.

    Thumbs down if you think there’s less than 45% chance someone else isn’t under center in DC come 2015.

  23. I really do not understand the sentiment here attacking Mike Shanahan in this matter, when it is clear to me that RG3’s continuing to play in the playoff game against the Seahawks was the result of Griffin pressing Shanahan to let him continue (fear of Kirk Cousins succeeding?), than it was Shanahan forcing him to play against his will. If anything, I blame Shanahan for letting Griffin talk him into letting him continue against what should have been Shanahan’s better judgment.

    That said, I am glad to hear Griff finally stand down and say this. I would much rather he take his time recovering completely, than rush back and risk irreversible injury.

  24. I have a better chance of being healthy week 16 and starting for the Redskins than RG3. It’s a shame all the hype last year forced him to play thru an injury, and the pressure is already building for him to play week 1 of 2013. Shanahan can’t start 0-1, and yes I am assuming Cousins would lose.

    As a DC resident, but not a Skins fan, I wish he could have gone to the Rams or Browns who would have been patient and built a team around him. Regardless of the talent he displayed while on the field, and the wins the team garnered, his career is going to be cut short by an overly zealous head coach and an owner who thinks simply drafting RG3 already saved the franchise.

  25. Hopefully for his sake he doesn’t get pressurized by coaches, team mates, and media as the season opener nears.

  26. timcast12 says: Feb 19, 2013 12:50 PM

    RG3 not even a top 5 QB
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    Ouch. What a diss. Rodgers, Manning, Brady, Brees, Ryan. And Griffin’s not better than any of them? The kid must be terrible.

  27. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says:
    Feb 19, 2013 1:35 PM
    The Redskins have won 3 SB’s since the SB’s inception. The Ravens have won 2 SB’s since ’96. Better ratio equals better team. RG3rd ACL. Danny Snyder would give it all up to rip off another dollar.

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    LOL Ravens fans are hilarious. Aren’t PSL’s ripping off Ravens fans by making them buy seat licenses? You gotta love how much Ravens fans HATE a team that’s not only not in their division but not even the same conference.

  28. timcast12 says: Feb 19, 2013 12:50 PM

    RG3 not even a top 5 QB
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    Hey, this is a NFL where every QB is Top 5 and there are 32 “Elite” QB’s.

  29. Shanahan doesn’t care. “That’s why we drafted Kirk Cousins. We’ll burn through as many QB’s as it takes.”

  30. WOW, there’s a lot of negative things being said about my boy on here. you Know RGIII. the kid is only 22 years old he is going to make 22 year old blunders from time to time. let’s just hope none are as bad as the ones I made at that age. ATTACKING the kid for a commercial. REALLY? in his heart you know in his heart he is hoping to be ready for week 1, and if anyone besides AP can do it surely a kid in his physical shape with the discipline he’s learned from his parents can. he’s already had a bad knee yet was still one of the fastest players in the league not to mention a world class hurdler. so haters keep hating while RGII keeps changing the game

  31. bbk1000 says: Feb 19, 2013 7:13 PM

    I’m a bit RG-3’d out, but I understand what he is doing….
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    Like it or not (I’m a big Griffin fan, but I’ll still go with not) this is going to be the story of the offseason.

    Every offseason has one big storyline that is followed by the media until every football fan is nauseous. Whether that’s Priest Holmes’ neck, the McDaniels/Cutler mess, bounties, Manning’s new team, Brees’ contract or now Griffin’s knee, we, as football fans, are going to have to suck it up and get ready to hear about nothing but Griffin’s health until next September.

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