Robert Griffin III bids Washington farewell with a note


He had nothing to say on Sunday. He had nothing to say on Monday. But soon-to-be-former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III left a note in his now-empty locker at team headquarters.

Robert Klemko of 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.

107 responses to “Robert Griffin III bids Washington farewell with a note

  1. He just couldn’t walk out the door like a professional? What a turd. Just when you thought he had grown up and was ready to start again he does something like this. Jerry is salivating just waiting for his release.

  2. I hate the Washington Redskins, but damn, leave this poor guy alone. Can you imagine how difficult it has been to keep quiet despite being obviously pissed with the franchise and the DC media, not to mention the national media?

  3. From the 2nd overall pick to essentially being a healthy scratch this entire season. Just unbelievable.

  4. RG# is lucky in that a lot of teams need help at Qb. The question for them, do we get it from the draft or take a chance on a guy who is injury prone and really has never done a lot when he wasn’t to date.

    I see him being picked up as insurance and on the cheap. No one is going to go overboard for this guy.

  5. Lolz wonder how long it took him to find the whiniest quote he could find that blames everyone but himself for his failures ?

    RGFragileEgo in action. Hopefully never to be seen wearing an nfl uniform again. Though some horrible team will probably give him a chance.

  6. …..the media was just dying to get some sort of dirt on RGIII just ONE MORE time while he was in Washington. He kept his mouth shut all year & yet all Robert Klemko of TheMMQB can stir the pot up with, is a note he kept as a mantra for himself. The media is pathetic.

  7. It says more about the jerk who couldn’t wait to publish a picture of a self motivational poster than it ever will about Griffin. I’ve been in locker rooms at the end of the season. Compared to the mess most players leave scattered in and within 10 feet of their lockers, that attendants must love him.

  8. Most players would take out a full page ad in the local newspaper thanking the fans and the organization.

    Sure he left it behind but he knows he left it behind. If he didn’t want it he could have tossed it in the trash. Trash cans are everywhere when this annual ceremony happens.

  9. Is that REALLY what Mitchell said? I’m betting he actually said QB of the Redskins….

    “Mitchell then pointed out the obvious fact that Griffin is the quarterback of an NFL team in Washington, D.C.,”

  10. Bro hug your friends. Shake a few hands. Then smile and walk out gracefully. Ask yourself what could I have done differently? Why did I fail?

    Is it really that hard!?

  11. romophobic says:
    Jan 11, 2016 1:38 PM
    He just couldn’t walk out the door like a professional? What a turd. Just when you thought he had grown up and was ready to start again he does something like this. Jerry is salivating just waiting for his release.
    What exactly is it about this note, that the article said has been hanging from his locker all season, makes RG3 a turd? What is this something that Griffin did that would get you so riled up? This note is in my opinion cheesy but wouldn’t even rank in my top 1 million reasons for calling a man a turd.

  12. He kept his mouth shut all season for the good of the team. What he left seems to me to be a reminder of how keeping your own council, and own self -worth, in the face of criticism (deserved or not, makes no difference) is something the higher self within us strives to achieve. For me it sounds like a young man who set himself up for a big fall and now that he is fallen he is doing the things he needs to hold on to the higher self that we all have (at least I hope so) in us. Give the kid a break, we should all be allowed to be young and foolish once.

  13. We’ll see how many teams bid for the leagues “best QB”, as he called himself, in the offseason. I’m guessing only Cleveland, Houston and maybe San Fran will look to sign him as a potential starter, maybe a couple others.

    If he were the best QB in the league 15-20 teams would be looking to sign him. It’s one thing to be confident in yourself it’s quite another to delude yourself and then compound it by saying so publicly.

  14. The note is a not-so-subtle reminder of how mean everyone is to him. He needs to grow up, lose his crush on himself and work hard to be a great player and teammate. That’s what’s wrong with the note.

  15. he signed an agreement of silence before the season began to get paid in full for 2015..

    simple. a good PR move by the Washington team

    Now reality will set in and he is a $500k – $600k back-up.

    not bad, but when you had millions being thrown at you (and the spotlight of fame) it is a had and difficult fall to swallow for an athlete

  16. As I life long Skins fan, I wish him the best. I know first hand, he has done some special things for everyday people are DC. I can honestly say, he’s a good guy.

  17. Boy the RG3 hate is REAL.

    The article plainly says it’s been in his locker ALL YEAR. lol

    Come on. DC got their Qb. The one, who in 26 starts (?) has never beat a team with a winning record and only one .500 team.

    Ya’ll won. You got your guy. Why so mad? Future is BIRIGHT!!!!


  18. phillynac ,
    Because this is a deeply disturbed society. He’s making problems by having what sounds like a self-motivational note in his locker, lol. Okay. Wonder how long it takes to bring up Griffin next year when Cousins continues sucking against good teams that Washington plays, which on paper is a whole lot more of them.

  19. I just read Brian Mitchell’s comments for the first time. Mitchell was absolutely correct. Too bad RGIII didn’t get this sooner. His career is over in DC and he will most likely be a backup anywhere else. Who would have thunk it. I hope Robert grows from this. He has a family to think about now.

  20. He came into the league lacking NFL QB skills and relied on his athletic abilities. It worked for a little while, well, until Ngata tossed him around like a rag doll. After that, he was never the same athletically.

    If he wants to be an NFL QB, I hope he has learned what he needs to do to read defenses, make the appropriate check downs and decisions and then make the appropriate throws, if necessary. He seemed to have a strong arm. If he continues to work on his mechanics and puts the effort in to learn the game, he may get another chance, but it is ultimately up to him to do the necessary work.

  21. dagon27 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 1:58 PM

    Isn’t that a Mother Teresa quote?


    dimbee says:
    Jan 11, 2016 2:08 PM

    It’s a Mother Teresa quote.


    Those words have been falsely attributed to Mother Teresa, but are really from “The Paradoxical Commandments,” written by Dr. Kent M. Keith in 1968.

  22. It was on his locker all year long. He didn’t just print this out and leave it on the locker today to send a message. Everyone out here is creating drama out of nothing.

  23. It is an amazing fall for RG3 …

    It is especially painful for Redskins too, given how the Rams turn this picks into multiple division titles and playoffs appearances!

  24. The patriots, Panthers and packers dropped some serious points on the redskins. The pack for the first time all year scored on 5 straight drives. Yet somehow rg3 backers who want cousins and gruden gone blame cousins for not beating winning teams. No run game and a porous D, but yeah it was Cousins.

  25. I respect rg3..he has talent and will be a winner again in this league..easy to bash him and praise cousins..saw a stat today about cousins..kirk coysins has never beat a team with a winning record..skins gonna make a huge mistake letting rg3 go..

  26. “If you are throwing passes, people might accuse you of throwing interceptions, throw interceptions anyway”

  27. Notes and quotes won’t make you a better player; knowledge and hard work make you better. If the note and quote helps him to focus and work hard, then great, otherwise they are just words written on a paper he left in his old locker.

  28. There is actually a video of him packing his things and leaving. For those of you saying he’s whining or causing a scene, watch the video. He is about as low-key as you can get. Quietly packing his things and walking out the door. And the note has a good message on it, he is using it for motivation.

    I wish him the best. I hope he goes to a team that wants him, and succeeds.

  29. phillynac says:
    Jan 11, 2016 1:43 PM

    Why would people have a problem with that note as long as it has been I his locker the whole time?

    The word is, it was in his locker the whole year, but more to the side and not in the open. He moved the note front and center after he cleaned his locker out.

  30. I don’t think Griffin will make it in the NFL. He tried though. I don’t get all the hate for the guy.

  31. Does anybody here, including Mike Florio, realize the irony in the criticism of said note?

    Did anybody really read it and think what it actually means to them, or what it might mean to RG3 as a person?

  32. I really am sick and tired of the over analyzing of everything Robert Griffin does or doesn’t do. It’s ridiculous. It’s a note. Not only that it’s note that basically says. Do the best you can no matter what because it’s the right thing to do.

    Every since he’s been deactivated, the media has been trying to find a way to create a story. The constant pans to the Redskins sidelines during games to try to catch him doing anything that could twisted into a story was pathetic. Oh course since he was supporting his teammates, we get no story on that. Now we get story about a note in his locker. Grow up guys.

  33. LOL at those saying he’s all class. Did they forget those other years of him throwing other players and coaches under the bus? Bashing his offensive line (never a good idea)? Going over the coaches’ heads to whine to the owner? Always saying “I” when taking credit and saying “they” when explaining losses? Just because he didn’t say much after being benched doesn’t make him “classy”. This note being front and center of his locker says it all about him.

    I hope he can rejuvenate his career elsewhere and learns his lesson about being a leader.

  34. I don’t get the problem with the note. It could be viewed as a bold statement and if it is good. To me he wants to show self growth and bring attention to his attitude. That will come surely come up when he is released and looking for work. If he is genuine or a diva is for his next potential employers to decide. Football people don’t mind these kind of gestures if they really feel you mean them.

    This note can work for him if he walks that line the next 3 or 4 months. Hit the gym and have a passing coach you are working with. Be ready for what is to come and you just might work out yet.

  35. If you read into the note and his motive for posting it he is saying “everyone is mean and rude but Im going to be the better person. But instead of just keeping it to myself and leaving gracefully, Im going to whine about it and let you know about it on my way out the door after essentially being a failure and costing a franchise a mortgaged future. So Long suckers!” What a sleazy passive aggressive way to go out. A franchise would be crazy to sign this headcase even as a backup.

  36. I thought RG3 handle himself very well…He was regularly attack by the media and the Redskins fan base…RG3 has been called every disgusting name in the book…And his coach try to have him injured by keeping him in a meaningless preseason game…Yet RG3 didn’t play the race card nor did he attack his coach;…He simply just accepted his new role as the 3 sting quarterback…Now its time for the Redskin nation too take their own advice and leave RG3 alone….

  37. Skins fans would rather chide Griffin, a decent human being, than DeSean Jackson, whose showboating / loafing cost the team a touchdown.

    Tells you all you need to know about this effed up culture.

  38. tjacks7 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 1:37 PM
    Typically passing aggressive RG3. Skins are better without him, but imagine if they didn’t waste all those picks on him…

    Imagine what? You guys would still be terrible. The only reason you had the chance to lose yesterday is because the NFC East is terrible. If Washington fans didn’t all suffer from irreparable brain damage you would realize that.

  39. The only passive-aggressiveness here is on the media’s end, because they’re quite obviously upset that RG3 hasn’t given them much to work with. No drama they can use for clickbait headlines, no quotes they can spam on Twitter or on 30-second bytes.

    Also, “Redskins”. You can say the name. That’s your job.

  40. I don’t mind this note at all. He’s a very positive person that comes off as corny to some, but I rather have him than Psycho Greg, Cray Cray Vontaze, PacMan, and Johnny Idiotface.

    Him sitting out the whole year was probably a blessing in disguise. He’ll be in Cleveland or Dallas next season.

  41. I can understand him being bitter with all the back and forth stuff, but the bottom line is he didn’t play well after his rookie season and he has a hard time staying healthy and that’s the part he doesn’t quite seem to get. If you can’t stay on the field and produce you’re not going to be a starter in this league.

  42. I am no RG3 supporter but once the media turns on a player everything they produce comes with that slanted view.

    RG3 didn’t say one thing all year even though he was benched for Cousin and playing scout team S at one point. He has this note in his locker all year and now he is leaving he is the villain or taking shots? Give me a break. Let the guy move on a fresh start.

  43. The internet has a way of doing that. Thanks for clarifying.

    Proofreader99 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 2:14 PM
    dagon27 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 1:58 PM

    Isn’t that a Mother Teresa quote?


    dimbee says:
    Jan 11, 2016 2:08 PM

    It’s a Mother Teresa quote.


    Those words have been falsely attributed to Mother Teresa, but are really from β€œThe Paradoxical Commandments,” written by Dr. Kent M. Keith in 1968.

  44. Mike Shanahan is lucky both the Redskins and RG3 aren’t suing him. The kid was magic that rookie year right until Shanny and Son sent him out to play on that cow pasture of a field on an already injured knee.

  45. I hope Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins stood in front of the locker and read the note. And then, I hope they had a good laugh….

  46. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those words of wisdom and they call out no one specifically for any wrong doing.

    Having said that, the reason he’s on his way out is simply that he was not the best QB on the team but he was being paid as if he were. That’s the business. That’s NFL football in the age of the cap.

  47. If Bengals ownership are honest with themselves, they will realize that the team is going nowhere with Dalton and McCarron is a decent backup….but not a starter. They should take a look at Griffin. Maybe he could share this note and some humility with the two mensa brothers Burfict and Jones.

  48. He could have handled things better for sure. But can you really blame him for being upset with the Redskins? He had a good 1st year, he thought he was where he wanted to be. Then Shanahan puts him out there to tear his knee to shreds and eventually he’s not even dressing for games. No one likes to hear that people don’t believe in them. Hopefully he can learn from it and do well somewhere else with a little more maturity and humility.

  49. Man, he was so close. All he had to do was walk out and not say anything to the media. It doesn’t matter that the letter was there all season. What matters is that he made a conscious decision to leave just that one item in his locker. It’s a passive-aggressive stunt, and it tells decision makers around the league that he still doesn’t get it, and he still doesn’t accept his share of the blame in how things went sour for him in DC.

  50. I really wish I could be in a position to forgive someone who paid me
    $ 15,000,000.00 to stand on the sidelines in warmups for 3 hours on Sunday’s for a few weeks.

    Nothing against RG3, but he got beat out, fair and square by Cousins, and got more money that most people will see in a lifetime.

    I don’t really see where forgiveness comes into play here, honestly.

  51. I love the comments from the people who don’t see what the note is about and try to defend him. You don’t even need to read between the lines. RGMe isn’t clever or subtle enough to hide the true meaning.

    This note is a passive aggressive comment that he has been unfairly treated. He couldn’t leave well enough alone and just walk away while being a classy professional. He made sure the note was seen by the media knowing full well it would be posted online. He has absolutely zero self awareness and still continues to blame everyone but himself. There’s a reason why his teammates gravitated towards Cousins. Cousins is classy professional who works hard. RGMe is your typical diva athlete who is completely uncoachable. He thrives on attention and cannot accept responsibility for his words or actions. Basically, he has all the attributes of a narcissistic sociopath. He’s poison in the locker room, doesn’t have what it takes to be throw from the pocket, and lost a step that hinders his running ability. He can still make a good living being a NFL backup but this clown is no starting quarterback.

  52. You were inaccurate. But you threw it anyway.

    You were injury prone. But you ran out of the pocket anyway.

    You couldn’t make a progression of reads. But you were sacked anyway.

    You threw your teammates and coaches under the bus. But you whined on social media anyway.

    You were run out of town. But no one cares anyway.

  53. The Rams should sign him, then they’d have RGIII and all of the draft picks they got for him from the skins.

  54. Of course the note won’t help him because every word of it is truth and people just can’t handle the truth!

  55. People have complemented on how he has remained quiet this year. This quote probably helped.

    The guy can throw.

    If the guy can catch on and be a # 3 or # 2 and learn how to read and throw from the pocket in a few years who knows.

    He cannot help it that the Redskins picked him where they did or that that spent so much to get that pick.

    Maybe Carolina

  56. Wow, don’t understand all the hate on this guy. Looked like a promising young QB his first year until his idiot coach ran him out there on one leg. Hasn’t been the same since that injury. A change of scenery will be good for him.

  57. ______________________________
    Angry Orange Man says:
    Jan 11, 2016 2:50 PM


    Imagine what? You guys would still be terrible. The only reason you had the chance to lose yesterday is because the NFC East is terrible. If Washington fans didn’t all suffer from irreparable brain damage you would realize that.

    Yes, you are right. The Cowboys are garbage. The Eagles suck. The Giants suck. The Redskins, the only team out of that division with a winning record, are the best out of the bunch. So what?

  58. He’s worth giving a shot for any team that signs him. Like any good QB, he’s good when he has a good balanced offense with other good players. May not win it all by himself, but Dallas should consider signing him as a backup/potential starter, even if he is “injury prone”, if the price is reasonable (a lot less than 16 million, that’s for sure)

  59. So sad. I saw more than a little of Vince Young in him when the Landover, MD football team gave up the farm for him. He has a lot of talent, but some real image issues. It’s so tragic to see these guys self-destruct, and the league needs to figure out how to help them from doing so. I guess Goodell is more concerned about flexing his muscle and preaching platitudes about integrity of the game than he is about actually helping these young men benefit from the opportunity they get playing in the NFL.

    So sad!

  60. We still love u RG3… the Skins messed up. We wish u nothing but success wherever u may land. No Weapon Formed Shall Prosper! #HTTR

  61. Someone is going to get themselves an interesting reclamation project. If you’re a rebuilding team, you can use your first rounder to fill another need and take a chance on this guy for very little risk and cost. He’s a better option than Johnny Football – better pedigree, no off field problems and some better actual on field NFL success.

  62. What a bunch of little kids out there, jumping all over RGIII like he shot up a store or something.
    Yes he made a lot of money without having to play on the field for it. And sure most people would love the opportunity to be in that position. But we are not so there is no way any of us knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight every week and negative comments being made about you. That requires a different type of toughness.
    If I was looking for either a backup qb or a future starter, I would see his action as a positive. A quarterback has to be a leader and leaders are expected to survive tough times. That note tells me he did survive and why. So they aren’t his words. Nobody’s words are original anyway. But they reflect how he handled the situation. I look at that as while he may be physically injured, he is still self confident. And that’s what I want in a leader.
    Good luck RGIII. I hope you are given another opportunity and when you are, that you show everyone that you deserved it.

  63. Nothing wrong with that note.

    As a Cowboys fan, I don’t want him as a QB, but I like him as a person.

    Re-read his note above, then read all the hate spewed in the comments below.

    RG3 called it.

  64. I found the note a lot more interesting than 99% of the posted comments here. I’d like to add that regardless of the validity of your criticisms of others who post comments here, your knock will fall on deaf ears. Criticise anyway.

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