Robert Griffin III Must Ignore Donovan McNabb at All Costs

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJune 4, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III, you don't need Donovan McNabb's advice.

Nothing he tells you will be groundbreaking insight that will aid your public image or your on-field success, because neither of those vital aspects of your professional career need to be fixed.

And frankly, McNabb's criticized you for ridiculous reasons that are simply out of your control. His desire to have a "father/son" sit-down with you and your pops seems like a desperate attempt for the retired quarterback to stay relevant. 

In your short, ultra-hyped and exceptionally productive NFL career, you've handled yourself with integrity and cheerful openness with the fans, exuded a team-first attitude and have exhibited amicable, veteran-like poise with the media. 

You led your team that was lacking talent in key areas—no offense—to a 10-win, division-title campaign in 2012 and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in the process.

Your professional football career has gotten off to an exquisite start.

You're good, bro.

The knee injury you suffered against the Seattle Seahawks in the first-round of the playoffs was gruesome—I cringed a little—and many subsequently faulted Mike Shanahan for keeping you in the do-or-die game when you were clearly hobbled. 

With a prime opportunity to throw your head coach under the bus, you didn't.

Instead, you've astutely remained positive on your road to recovery and followed doctor's orders, all while the entire world has told you repeatedly that you must be more careful when bolting from the pocket in 2013 and beyond to better protect your body and sustain your career as long as possible.

You're a smart guy. You understand that more feet-first slides and speedy scrambles to the sidelines need to be incorporated to your game.

Holding a press conference after your first time back on the field following an OTA session was the proper way to answer a barrage of questions you knew the media was dying to ask.  

Were your teammates distracted? Didn't seem like it. If they are growing weary of your fame, they sure are amazingly quiet about it. 

Your commercials...they're awesome. Adidas has decided to make you their football-marketing headliner, a monumental honor I know you're not taking for granted—and there's nothing wrong with making "extra money" while you can. Most people faulting you for accepting the company's desire to promote the heck out of you are jealous. 

McNabb's just flat-out hypocritical.

Remember, he was in a variety of commercials during his playing days.

Guess he didn't deem those to be distractions to his Philadelphia Eagles teammates at the time.

Your wedding registry controversy was really not controversial at all. Fans sent you gifts. Their choice. End of story.

Lastly, and most importantly, although McNabb has correctly likened himself to you—as an African-American quarterback with a rocket arm and highlight-reel running ability playing in the highly-publicized NFC East after going No. 2 overall in the draft—you don't owe him a darn thing, and neither does RG2.

What's funny is, he's condemning you for "creating distractions" for yourself and your Redskins club—ones that aren't really there—when having a private discussion with him could actually materialize into a legitimate distraction. 

Don't forget, McNabb's not too fond of your coach, either.  

You can respect him and admire his NFL achievements, but you and your father have done a remarkable job utilizing the hype you earned after you diced Big 12 secondaries en route to a Heisman Trophy in 2012 without it affecting your naturally humble outlook. 

You're doing just fine. Just stay focused on your rehabilitation.

You don't need Donovan McNabb to tell you how to do RG3.