Before there was Robert Griffin III there was Donovan McNabb. And it's reasonable to think that a young RG3 may have even patterned his game after McNabb's at one time. But McNabb is now retired and earns a living as an NFL analyst. Which means he gets paid to make observations that some might characterizes as inflammatory, unfair and ultimately, misguided.
In June, McNabb offered these thoughts on Griffin:
“I get some of things he's doing to draw attention to himself: The Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback," he told the Washington Post. "I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on. But if you're coming off ACL surgery, you don't need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team.”
In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, RG3 was asked about McNabb's remarks.
"I don't think Donovan is an idiot by any means," Griffin told GQ's Brendan Vaughn. "But right now, it's probably best we don't talk."
So here's what we've learned: RG3 isn't so busy that he doesn't have time to point out that one of his dectractors isn't an idiot.
Other, more interesting nuggets from the GQ sitdown:
RG3's dad would like to see his son pass more, run less (via the Washington Post): “I will not tell Coach Shanahan how to do any part of his job because he's been doing this for a long time.
"You tell a kid that you want him to be there for fourteen years, guess what? Historical data will tell you that the more he runs, the more subject he is to career injury. You name one quarterback out there that would rather run the football than throw the football and I'll show you a loser.”
RG3 on being a teetotaler: "Never had a drop. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I've never done any drugs. I need my body to be at its peak performance, and I want to have a long career, and alcohol can inhibit that sometimes. And I don't need to get in trouble because I went out and got drunk one night and I don't know how to be drunk."
On the possibility of a gay player coming out: "I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window. My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery—or any of those other sins that are in the Bible—those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way."