Never stop dreaming.
Robert Griffin III's main focus continues to be the NFL and leading the Washington Redskins into the playoffs. However, a short video posted over at Yahoo! Sports by Frank Schwab illustrates money, fame and a starting gig on an NFL team hardly deter RG3 from reaching further.
In a clip that comes from the USAA and was produced in conjunction with the organization's Million Fan Salute initiative, Griffin states that he is still very much interested in representing the nation in Olympic competition.
The video offers a brief glimpse into the remarkable journey Griffin and his family enjoyed from prep sports to the NFL. That arduous trip, however, was anything but a straight shot.
Griffin starts off by stating he always wanted to be better than Michael Jordan, and basketball was on his radar from a very early age.
However, the most interesting tidbit amid this rare look has to be his thoughts on the Olympics. As Schwab reminds us, Griffin was quite the track star. He came in 11th at the U.S. Olympic Trials back in 2008.
Running the 400-meter hurdles at Baylor, Griffin managed to take the Big 12 championship with a time of 49.53. Not that Griffin is attempting any track comeback at the risk of his football career.
He merely has the dream, and that will be enough for now.
"My dream is to be in the Olympics and represent the United States of America. I was preparing for my dream," the quarterback states in regards to his 2008 trials.
It seems being darn good at football got in the way.
Men who make it all the way to the NFL are wired differently than most, so it's no surprise that he still has a target set on Olympic glory.
"I would definitely want to still perform my dream of still going to the Olympics," Griffin adds.
Last we checked, American football isn't a recognized Olympic sport, but there may be a solution, however unlikely.
"Maybe it’s track, maybe it’s badminton, maybe it's ping pong (table tennis), but I’ll find a way to get to the Olympics," Griffin says.
Someone get this guy a javelin and stand back.
Griffin is of course concentrating on the task at hand, which is guiding Washington down a winning path. Nevertheless, it's comforting to know the men at the top still set their goals higher and higher.
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