Robert Griffin III is not currently on an NFL roster, but that doesn’t mean his NFL career is over. Griffin is still waiting for a chance to play again.
“There is a hunger in me that makes me want to keep playing.” Griffin said in an appearance on “The Adam Schefter Podcast.”
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Griffin would not rule out any fate if he had a chance to return to the NFL. That includes returning to the team that selected him, the Washington Football Team, if the team is open to re-signing him after Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury.
“Yeah, I mean it could, to be honest,” Griffin said when asked if signing with Washington could work. “But for me to go back to Washington … that would have to be something that coach Ron Rivera and the team would be open to.
“You never say never, is what I would say. Would I be open to it? Yes, I would love to come back and be able to close the loop. But am I begging for that or begging for that? Nah. But if your boy falls, do the call “.
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Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was a star during his rookie season in Washington. He threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions while completing 65.6 percent of his passes. He also added 815 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns and led Washington to the playoffs. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL in that playoff game and never regained his rookie year form.
“I’ve always seen the situation in Washington as the wrong place, the wrong time,” Griffin said of that game. “The injury at the end of the 2012 season and the playoffs against Seattle. People will talk about it and say, ‘what if’ forever, if I ever go back. “
Although Griffin has only started two games in the past three seasons, he believes he still has the skills to find success as a starter.
“I think it would thrive in a system similar to the ones [Ryan] Tannehill, [Russell] Wilson and [Kirk] Cousins has played, “Griffin said.
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Griffin acknowledged that the success stories of veteran quarterbacks like Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor and Nick Foles have motivated him to some degree. And if you can have the same opportunity, you are sure that you can produce.
“When I see all these opportunities, the guys maximize [them] – Tyrod Taylor, right? [He] He comes out, he has a chance to compete and boom, he wins the job, that’s what I want to get to, “Griffin said.” I know this year, I mean, is the season [so] you are not competing to be [a] In quotes, season opener, so for me, it’s about … a team has an injury or they want to bring me in, it’s amazing if next year I can get a chance to compete … I’m on board for that one.
“I firmly believe not only in my own ability, but also in my own means,” continued Griffin. “And I’m a 31-year-old because I haven’t had the opportunity to actually play the game for about five or six years extensively.”
Griffin hasn’t had a chance yet, so he will remain with ESPN for now. But if you have the right opportunity, hope that you seize it.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.