Robert Klemko of TheMMQB.com has posted a photo of the note, typed up with various-sized fonts and a team logo in the background. Here’s the text of it:
“People are often unreasonable, irrational & self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of self, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends, and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest & sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest & sincere anyway.
“What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity & happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often by forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it’s between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Despite an explanation that the note was hanging in Griffin’s locker all year, it seems to have been left in a prominent place. Making the note more conspicuous is the fact that the rest of the stuff in the locker is gone.
With Griffin undoubtedly on his way out in D.C. (his $16 million salary becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the league year in March), he needs to be thinking about making himself marketable elsewhere. He’d helped himself throughout the year by keeping his mouth shut, possibly in response to the urging of Brian Mitchell, who gave Griffin a verbal smackdown in August.
The note may not hurt him, but it definitely won’t help him.