RICHMOND—Following Monday’s Redskins practice, Robert Griffin III returned to the field with his father and a couple of equipment assistants to get in some additional work.
Griffin threw passes to the assistants, while his father simulated a pass rusher with his arms up. The impromptu practice session raised some eyebrows on social media, but on Tuesday Griffin explained that he simply wanted to work on a few things and that the team was okay with it.
“If the coaches are gone and I want to get a little bit of extra work in, and my dad comes to one practice out of a thousand and I say, ‘Dad, put your hands up, I want to throw over you,’" Griffin said. "I don’t think that’s too big of a deal. That’s just me trying to get better.”
Griffin’s father, who in the past was perceived by some as meddlesome, has kept a much lower profile the past year. Which is another reason Monday's reappearance garnered so much attention.
“He’s a big reason I am where I am today,” Griffin said, referring to his father. “He taught me everything that I know. Just to have him out here and enjoy this process of being a quarterback in the NFL, a starting quarterback for one of premier franchises in the league, it’s something that he needs to enjoy too.”
Griffin added: “I know he shies away from a lot of stuff because of what’s been said in the past. I can’t worry about that. I want him to be out here. I want him to enjoy that as long as the coaches and the organization don’t have a problem with him being around me. He is my dad. There’s nothing that we’re doing that is stepping on anybody’s toes.”