Robert Griffin III: Redskins QB Smart to Clarify 'All in for Week 1' Adidas Ad
The ad ends with a shot of RG3 and the words, "All in for Week 1," causing many of his followers on Twitter to assume he'd be starting for sure in Week 1 after suffering a devastating knee injury in the playoffs.
The NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year smartly responded with two additional tweets to clarify his position:
Feel like I need to say this..Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so.— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 19, 2013
Starting Week 1 will be the result of healing, hard work, dedication & God's anointing. No rush, just determination— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 19, 2013
He has made no bones about his desire to be ready for the season opener next September, and ESPN's Adam Schefter recently reported that the Redskins were pleased with his recovery and hopeful he'd be ready to play in Week 1.
But the fact of the matter is that it's only been a handful of weeks since he went under the knife, and nobody knows what will happen between now and September.
I've watched RG3's Adidas video multiple times. I understand why some people would come to the conclusion that the "All in for Week 1" statement was something of a guarantee he'd start in Week 1, but I don't see it that way.
From my perspective, the "blow it all up" video ad says this: Put your past behind you, no matter how great or how tragic it may be (it was both for RG3 in 2012). Press forward with all your might and overcome all obstacles to reach your goals.
It wasn't a guarantee that he'd start in Week 1; rather, it was a determination to give every ounce of energy to his recovery in order to reach that lofty goal.
Griffin III understands that long-term success trumps any immediate goal. He and his team of trainers and doctors won't put him in a position to jeopardize his future.
Was RG3's Adidas ad misleading, or did people read too much into it?
Perhaps the ad was a bit misleading, but the young superstar was smart to quickly put to bed any notion that he was guaranteeing something he couldn't possibly be sure of.
For what it's worth, I hope he is fully recovered in time for Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season. He's one of the game's rising stars, and the league is better off when he plays.
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