Robert Griffin III Punting Footballs for 40 Minutes Is a Sad, Inexplicable Story

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterDecember 8, 2014

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There's eating Thanksgiving alone, floating silently in space after a satellite explosion and punting footballs to yourself after practice. That's it—the top three loneliest experiences a human being can have.

According to The Washington Post's Mike Jones (h/t Deadspin's Barry Petchesky), Robert Griffin III checked one off his list last week.

According to CBS DC's Chris Lingebach, Jones told radio host Jason Bishop of 106.7 The Fan during a Monday radio spot that Griffin stayed on the field at Redskins Park after Friday's practice and aimlessly kicked balls into the air.

"Last Friday, after practice, [Griffin] was on the field by himself for like 40 minutes, just punting the ball, and running after it, and punting the ball and running after it," Jones said. "The guy looks like he's lost, doesn't know what's going on, and so I did feel bad for him."

"So wait a minute," Bishop said. "He was on the practice field, in the bubble, just punting the ball? Like a kid would, just out in the backyard?"

Jones affirmed this.

"Out there on the practice field," Jones said. "He stayed there. This was outside, after everybody's in the locker room changing their clothes, getting ready to go, and he's just out there for like 40 minutes punting the ball, he'd run after it, punt the ball."

To review, Griffin acted out the saddest scene from a Charlie Brown special, presumably before hitchhiking his way home.

This bizarre tale comes as less-than-encouraging news for Redskins fans, who saw Griffin briefly take over for a thoroughly beaten-up Colt McCoy against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Griffin's three completions for 33 yards did nothing to alter the 24-0 rout, and the team entered double-digit-loss territory for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Washington (3-10) will face the New York Giants next Sunday. Griffin will be there, ostensibly picking at grass and writing wistful letters to his younger self.

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