Pierre Garcon on Why He Wasn't Rooting Against the Cowboys Sunday

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins slams the ball down after he caught a five yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Redskins won the game 24-14. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins aren't exactly off to an ideal start, but No. 1 receiver Pierre Garcon is on pace to have a career year. Four games into his sixth season, Garcon leads the 'Skins with 29 catches and 339 yards, which puts him on track for his first 100-catch, 1,000-yard campaign.

Coming back from the bye week, Garcon caught up with the Bleacher Report NFC East blog to discuss...well, everything from his football cheering habits to the government shutdown to dropped passes to Regis Philbin to RGIII's knee to his charity work. 


Bleacher Report: You guys started poorly but are back in the thick of things because the rest of the division is struggling. Did you watch that Cowboys game on Sunday? Cheering for your old quarterback against a new division rival?

Pierre Garcon: I watched some of it. I was watching on NFL Red Zone so they were going back and forth between two games. But it was a good game. The outcome of the game didn't really matter to me, but it was a good game to watch.


B/R: So you don't actively cheer against division rivals?

PG: Yeah, if we keep winning we will definitely be in control of our own destiny. So it doesn't matter what other division opponents do. But if we keep winning, we know we'll be all right.


B/R: How is the government shutdown impacting you? I saw you you were going to stay local on the bye week, but as you mentioned, all of the museums are closed. 

PG: Everybody's affected by the shutdown. But I was in New York for a few days, which is kind of local. But yeah, everybody's affected by the shutdown. Went to New York for a few days and then came back, and just working out. I did go to D.C. as well.


B/R: Have you hit the National Mall and all of that since moving to the area?

PG: I've been Capitol Hill and the White House and stuff like that, and different museums, but I haven't checked out every one of them.


B/R: What else have you been up to on the bye week? I know you hung out with Regis Philbin on the Fox Sports 1 set. 

PG: Yeah, it was the highlight of my bye week. Got to meet Regis Philbin, that's pretty cool. A living legend in daytime TV, in all of TV. That was pretty cool. He's a really nice guy and I'm pretty glad I got the opportunity to meet him.


B/R: You dropped a lot of passes earlier in your career, but that isn't a major problem for you now. What changed? Did you just get better? Is it simple as that?

PG: I just got better as a football player. Every year you try and work on things, work on your own game. That's part of growing up as a football player—you get better and better as you get older.


B/R: What's different about catching passes from RGIII as opposed to Peyton Manning?

PG: No big difference, really. They both throw the ball, and you've just gotta catch the ball and gotta make a play.


Aug 24, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) wears a knee brace prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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B/R: How long do you think it will be before Griffin is completely healthy and back to his old self? Some doctors told me they think that won't be the case until next season.

PG: I don't know how long it will be for him to be completely healthy. It's really up to RGIII, who says he's completely healthy. So we have to take his word for it.


B/R: You're competing with Mark Herzlich in a fundraising event for childhood cancer research. We've all been impacted by cancer, and we all know Mark's story. Can you tell me about why you decided to become involved in this?

PG: I enjoy helping people, especially kids that definitely need it and definitely deserve the help because cancer is something that nobody can control. To help out and get better advancement as to how to overcome this and [beat] this disease, it has definitely been beneficial for me and for the whole world. It's something that I just wanted to be a part of. Nobody deserves to get cancer, nobody has a way to stop it, so to be a part to help this, this is definitely a blessing for me.


B/R: Is it difficult being exposed to a cause that is so devastating?

PG: No, it's not tough at all. It's life, you know? You just have to deal with it, you just have to make the best of it. You just have to look at the bright side of things and move forward, make every day work and meaningful.


B/R: The winner of this challenge with Herzlich gets to shave the other guy's head. Is that stressing you out a little? 

PG: [Laughs] I'm not looking forward to having to shave my head, but hopefully that won't happen if Redskins nation definitely helps support me.