As Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III prepares for his third NFL season, some think he won’t be the player he was in 2012. Others think he can’t keep himself healthy, especially after a couple of unnecessarily reckless and risky plays on Monday night against Cleveland. Some think both.
Griffin has taken to Twitter to call out any and all of the so-called doubters.
“They doubted in High School,” Griffin said. “They doubted a turnaround at Baylor. They doubted a Heisman was possible. Keep doubting. It’s nothing New.”
Many of the “they” who are doubting Griffin now didn’t know who he was in high school. Or at Baylor. Or in the early stages of his chase for a Heisman. Regardless, it’s fair for “they” to think that Griffin won’t be able to find the right balance between effectiveness and safety, and that if he plays at the highest possible level he won’t be able to keep himself healthy.
While Griffin has proved the doubters wrong before, it doesn’t mean he’ll prove them wrong now. But if the doubters motivate him to find that delicate balance between playing well and playing safely, then it’s good that he’s concerned about the “they.”