Robert Griffin III says he’s ready ready to play, and will remain ready

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Robert Griffin III, drafted in the same year that Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins entered the NFL, was out the league in 2021. He’s ready to get back in, at any given moment.

Griffin tells Christopher Williams of KWTX in Waco, Texas that the second overall pick in the 2012 draft still wants to play — and is still prepared to do so.

I am ready to go right now,” Griffin told Williams. “I train every day. I throw and work out. I know what it takes to get my body ready and I am doing those things. Yes, it is a little bit tougher when you are flying around everywhere doing stuff for TV, but when you really want something, you make it work. So, if I get that call this year, next year, or five years from now, I will be ready to play.”

Griffin is 32 years old, which for quarterbacks is downright young. And he ran an unofficial 4.48-second 40-yard dash earlier this year, as part of Rich Eisen’s charity event.

Griffin said at the time that the showing actually resulted in a few teams calling him. To date, he has not had any workouts or offers.

It could still happen. Teams need four quarterbacks for camp. Many still carry three on the active roster. Those that go with two have a third on the practice squad.

Griffin spent four years in Washington (he didn’t play in his final year with the team) and one with the Browns. After going unsigned in 2017, Griffin spent three years as a backup in Baltimore.

Here’s a thought. If Griffin, who currently works for ESPN, doesn’t get a chance to play for an NFL team in 2022, why not consider the XFL? With an exclusive ABC/ESPN broadcast deal, it could make plenty of sense for Griffin to create some film of something other than running in a straight line.

Few quarterbacks who believe that they have NFL chops, and who have performed at a high level in the highest level of football, seem to be inclined to show what they can do in a minor league. Whether it’s Griffin or Tim Tebow or Colin Kaepernick (or even Cam Newton), quarterbacks who have had their NFL careers end sooner than they wanted simply aren’t willing to take a step back — even if it could mean doing enough to take a step forward.

Maybe the money isn’t good enough. Maybe they don’t want to find out the hard way that they aren’t as good as they used to be. Regardless, the XFL or the USFL surely would love to have Griffin if they could get him. It would definitely make either league a lot more interesting to watch.

10 responses to “Robert Griffin III says he’s ready ready to play, and will remain ready

  1. What he meant to say was “can someone please give me some money”.

  2. Griffin should consider playing in the CFL. Doug Flutie, Warren Moon, Joe Theismann and Jeff Garcia all played QB in the CFL and then went on to play in the NFL. It’s less money, but NFL teams and scouts will be able to see what you can do under game conditions and see that you are all in on getting your career back on track. They are playing NOW, tell your agent to get on the phoneand start contacting them.

  3. think he and kap need some kind of made for tv workout. perhaps with enough money they can get phil mickelson and sergio garcia to be referees…..

  4. I would be trying also to squeeze every last nickel out of a NFL team …..once it’s done ,the facet is off!

  5. Griffin has a lot in common with Kap. The threat of them playing pays better than if they’re actually on the field. Both are gimmicks who never learned to be passers and know they’re backups at best.

  6. love the way you added Tebow in there. I will let you know he went on the try a pro baseball career plus never did he kick and scream about how he should be playing QB in the NFL, but I am sure he had to balance the comment because he add Kap in there. I get a kick out of just because he can run fast still i can still play, but for some people , that is the most important trait of a QB now, can he run. They could care less if he can throw a football

  7. That USFL championship was a great freaking game! We’ll see what the XFL brings to the table but personally, I hope that the USFL sticks around and grows.

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