Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has never been short on confidence. In fact, speaking frankly to WJLA on Sunday, he said that he still feels he's the best quarterback in Washington and in the entire NFL.
That statement may sound outlandish on its surface, but the third-year quarterback's tone has changed significantly since he entered the league.
“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," he 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.”
While RG3 wouldn't 'concede' to another quarterback, he was realistic about what he has -- and hasn't -- been able to accomplish on the field.
Three seasons of experience have altered his perspective on life in the NFL, as well.
“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."
As for his career so far with the Redskins, the former Rookie of the Year cast his challenges as opportunities to improve.
"I didn’t expect the other stuff, but I think God’s helped me grow through everything that I’ve had to go through here in Washington and it’ll make me better for the future.”
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