Heath Shuler knows what Robert Griffin III faces. It's the same thing Shuler faced in 1994 when he was the Redskins' high-profile first-round pick. Sort of. Shuler came to a franchise three years removed from a Super Bowl win. Griffin doesn't have that sort of pressure, but he arrived in Washington with more hype than any rookie the Redskins have had.
“The expectations are extremely high,” said Shuler, who returned to Redskins Park for the first time since the franchise traded him in 1996. “That's the reason I'm here. I watched this kid play, and I was so excited like everyone else. He was the person I was hoping the Redskins would select.”
Shuler met Griffin at a National Prayer Breakfast and chatted with him Friday as well.
“There will be added pressure to him,” said Shuler, accompanied by his 11-year-old son, Navy. “He's someone who can handle it. He's handled pressure before. I'm encouraged. I'm able to see his interviews, and he does an incredible job. We have to be mindful it takes everyone and we'll have ups and downs as a team. We have to hang in there and pull through and support him.”