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Robert Griffin III named a team captain in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns passes during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

What happened in Washington apparently has stayed in Washington for Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III.

On the heels of Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green calling out Griffin for being “selfish and childish,” Griffin’s new teammates regard him as sufficiently selfless and mature to be entrusted with the role of team captain, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Green, Joe Thomas, Joe Haden, Demario Davis, and Tank Carder were named captains in a vote of the players.

“I was a little surprised because hasn’t been here very long,” said coach Hue Jackson, who counted the votes, regarding Griffin’s inclusion among the group of captains. “He should feel good about that.”

Griffin said plenty earlier in the day about the things Green said about Griffin on 106.7 The Fan in D.C.

“I make sure I don’t focus on those things,” Griffin said Wednesday regarding Green’s remarks, via Cabot. “That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of that. For Darrell, a guy that I know personally, that’s his prerogative. Whatever you say in the public sphere, you have to make sure you’re ready to say that in the private sphere as well.

“Darrell hadn’t approached me about anything and I consider him a friend, so that’s disappointing, but it’s nothing that I can control. I just focus on being here with the Browns, worry about football, focus on that and don’t let anything distract me.”

With the clean slate Griffin has obtained in Cleveland, the distractions have been minimal, so far. With the faith of enough of his teammates to result in the placement of the C on his jersey, Griffin can focus on playing like he has an S in the middle of it — unless and until some of the defenses he’ll face start throwing Kryptonite at him.

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19 Responses to “Robert Griffin III named a team captain in Cleveland”
  1. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 3:35 PM

    Yikes!

  2. j huber says: Sep 7, 2016 3:39 PM

    I got money that says he won’t last a year. As soon as he gets some real pressure, he will revert to his old ways. He will panic, will trip and over his own feet.

  3. ravenbiker says: Sep 7, 2016 3:43 PM

    Isn’t the starting quarterback usually a shoe in for a team captain? It has to be real bad for them not to get the title. And it IS Cleveland, home of the losing culture.

  4. thekillernacho says: Sep 7, 2016 3:43 PM

    Some people want to hate the guy, but I’m actually rooting for RG3 in Cleveland. Now, I don’t think with that supporting cast it’ll actually happen, but I’m hoping he’ll be at least okay.

  5. heymister24 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:45 PM

    Griffin will be benched by 3rd game.

  6. raiderinva says: Sep 7, 2016 3:45 PM

    Can a player on IR be considered a team captain?

    The NFL really should have scheduled the Browns Redskins game earlier in the season, because Griffin isn’t going to make it to game four.

  7. fumblenuts says: Sep 7, 2016 3:47 PM

    Griffin runs for 2 TD’s against the Eagles….mark it!

  8. dawgturd says: Sep 7, 2016 3:48 PM

    Yea yea yea, that’s all fine and dandy, but can he read a defense…..

  9. beltwaytd says: Sep 7, 2016 4:07 PM

    Robert just needs to focus on football. Not his hot new girlfriend. Not his empowering catch phrases. Just football ( and also saving every penny he can…you know he’ll need it)

  10. Chad Tyson says: Sep 7, 2016 4:17 PM

    Nice to know Green was named a captain for a team he never played for and just 14 short years after retiring!

  11. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 7, 2016 4:19 PM

    Robert Griffin > Your favorite QB.

  12. udontknowjacku says: Sep 7, 2016 4:21 PM

    benched by game 3 or broke in game 4

  13. Jax4 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    3 weeks until IR

  14. skawh says: Sep 7, 2016 4:23 PM

    People reinvent themselves all the time. Hat’s off to RG3, and I wish him and the Browns an exceptional season!

  15. metalman5150 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:44 PM

    We are all rooting for Robert, as skins fans.

    everytime RG3 slides, we root that he is OKAY.

    Everytime that robert takes the podium, we root that he takes credit for wins and takes blame for losses.

    Cleveland Fans beware of the french speaking RG3.
    The one that places blame on the -“we” (oui) and the one can’t slide if opened a sliding glass door.

  16. granadafan says: Sep 7, 2016 4:44 PM

    What, no bashing of Mary Kay Cabot like PFT readers usually do?

    That said, if a QB is NOT selected as team captain, then there is something seriously wrong there. By default QBs ought to be captains, given their role on offense.

  17. oscarxray says: Sep 7, 2016 4:49 PM

    I don’t understand the RGIII hate especially a few in the Cleveland media. They bellyache about rebuilding “without having their future QB in place”. Can’t they get it straight? Hue Jackson is saying RGIII was better than anyone if the draft AND he is counting on him to be the long term answer as well.

  18. athwartships says: Sep 7, 2016 5:26 PM

    I think this means his team understands this guy has enormous ego and it was a no brainer to feed that nonsense for any chance at all at success…..every little bit helps.

  19. mack2x says: Sep 8, 2016 8:24 AM

    “Robert Griffin III named a team captain in Cleveland”

    –Why?

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