The story is known. Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to an NFC East division title as a rookie and then fall from grace to the point that he was cut three seasons later. After having been tied to the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets, Griffin took his talent to Cleveland. For the first time since before the 2015 regular season, the former number two overall pick addressed the collective media.
When asked if he missed the media, Griffin playfully responded "Oh definitely, how could I not. Love you guys."
There was no joking about whether RGIII missed actually playing football, something he didn't do last season.
Griffin had options as a free agent and ultimately chose Cleveland, a perennial cellar dweller in the NFL. The Browns continued their QB carousel by releasing former first round pick Johnny Manziel.
"I did get a chance to pick," said the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. "Guys sometimes don't want to come here. I wanted to come here so I wanted to let them [teammates] to know that."
One of the reasons for Griffin picking the Browns was because the environment is a "good vibe to be around and every day you wake up wanting to come to work a little bit more." He contributed that to the culture head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton are starting to create.
Griffin then began to touch on how he is a better player than what was last seen in Washington.
"I've seen the great and I've seen the really bad," he said. "That is a great piece of experience to have."
The electrifying quarterback from 2012 said he is not trying to let any baggage hold him down and he has a "massive chip" on his shoulder similarly to the Browns organization.
Griffin claims he knows "what it takes to succeed in this league" and is not worried about what kind of offense he will be asked to run.
"I'm not afraid to sit in the pocket and throw the ball. I'm not afraid to run the zone read. I'm not afraid to do what's best for this team," Griffin stated.
Towards the end of his press conference, which had immediately followed fellow starting quarterback hopeful Josh McCown's, Griffin touched on why things went sour in DC from a media portrayal standpoint.
"It's always been we. It's not about me. It's about we, it's about us. When you win it's always those guys [teammates] and when you lose it is always you. You have to be able to come to the mic and say the same thing because one little slip up and it's a national story. I think that's what happened to me through my experience as a player in Washington. After a loss you can't be emotional and say things that are meant to be said behind close doors or that might be taken the wrong way. I understand that now and don't hold that against anyone else"
In a positive mood, Griffin was asked if he was happy to which the former Rookie of the Year responded, "it's a blessing to be in this league. Why not be happy?"
In a shout out to veteran Redskins defensive lineman Kedric Golston, Griffin described the NFL as "we play a kids game for a king's ransom."
After nearly twenty minutes of questions, Griffin was asked if he feels any added pressure to show the organization that they got things right by bringing him in following what happened with Johnny Manziel. RG3 pulled out a past mantra and answered "no pressure, no diamonds" before dropping the mic and concluding his media availability.
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