Robert Griffin III doesn't lack for confidence. He perhaps still struggles with how best to express it.
During an interview with WJLA-TV, Griffin went beyond just saying he's the best quarterback on the Washington Redskins, but tops in the entire NFL.
“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team," Griffin said.
"I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that. Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me, but I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”
Belief in one's own ability is crucial for anyone walking around on this big blue marble of a planet, but certainly for NFL starting quarterbacks considering the pressure and scrutiny that comes with the position. Griffin dazzled during his rookie season and appeared ready to save the franchise if not transform the position. Since then, injuries and struggles have defined RGIII's game. He remains the Redskins starter without fear of competition from Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy.
Griffin is arguably the best of thee three. Key word is arguably. That his confidence remains high despite the physical knocks and relentless doubting in the media and by a healthy part of the fan base is both admirable and necessary. But the manner in which he continually chooses to express his confidence is often what leads to criticism.
The former Heisman Trophy winner also expressed a different view of his profession after three seasons.
“It’s not the game you thought it was when you were a kid and you were dreaming of playing and being a professional athlete. There’s more business that goes into it. There’s more ruthlessness, backstabbing than you would expect," Griffin said.
"But at the end of the day, when you put your helmet on, your shoulder pads and your pants, your cleats and you get to go out there and run around on the field, it’s still that same game that you played as a kid. So when I look at it that way, I’m like, man, it’s an honor, it’s a blessing to be at this level."