BY PETER HAILEY
Washington's season doesn't start until September 13 and training camp is still a week away, but Robert Griffin III has already taken a significant beating since the end of last year, especially recently.
He's been ranked 31st out of all starting quarterbacks. He's had someone anonymously say that "he is done." And he's had to deal with people questioning whether he should be the Redskins starter every day since the conclusion of the 2014 season.
To his credit, Griffin has mostly stayed quiet this offseason, choosing to shirk his critics and instead focus simply on becoming a better player. But on Wednesday, #10 may have finally responded to the doubters who have spent the summer months passing less than favorable judgement about him, albeit in an indirect way.
The fourth-year pro posted three separate times on Instagram, all within a few hours of each other. First up was this excerpt from the Bible:
A photo posted by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii) on Jul 22, 2015 at 6:17am PDT
Then, two hours later, RG3 posted a photo of him and his teammates along with a few lyrics from Tupac Shakur's song "Only God Can Judge Me:"
A photo posted by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii) on Jul 22, 2015 at 8:26am PDT
And finally, "RG3 Instagram Posts In One Day" sent out a picture with a quote from author C.S. Lewis, as well as a long caption to go with it:
A teammate once told me that every day we wake up we have to leave "self" in the bed. Leave "self" in the bed and go out and get to know people, help people & inspire. Not for "self" but for everybody else. C. S. Lewis believed you don't have to think less of yourself to be humble. You just need to think about yourself less and others more. Both statements go hand in hand. I appreciate these reminders every day from Jason Hatcher & C. S. Lewis. Let us all strive for true humility every day! God Bless #KnowYourWhy #ItsNotAboutMe
A photo posted by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii) on Jul 22, 2015 at 12:03pm PDT
While it's tough to say that Griffin put up these things on Instagram to quiet his critics, there are parts in each post that certainly look like they're little jabs from the 25-year-old to his detractors. The timing of them would also suggest that RG3 has in fact been seeing all the negative talk about him.
Griffin's first post talks about "working for the Lord, not for human masters." Could he be saying that he doesn't care what his haters think?
Griffin's second post looks like the most direct shot at those disparaging his abilities, as he quotes a part of Tupac's song that says, "The media is full of dirty tricks." Out of all the lyrics in the world, it seems pretty apparent why Griffin chose that one.
And though Griffin's third post is probably the most harmless of the three, it could be a veiled message to the people who think he's a bit selfish. Either that, or he's trying to show the world that Skins defensive lineman is a big fan of humility.
No, Griffin didn't come out on Wednesday and address his doubters head on, but it appears that he's at least listening to them. And with the 2015 season almost upon us, Griffin will soon be able to try and prove them wrong on the field instead of slyly acknowledging them on social media.