Robert Griffin III is entering a very crucial second season in his career and it has more to do with his health than it does with putting together a great follow up campaign. Where most quarterbacks are fighting to prove their first season wasn’t a fluke, RGIII is going to be trying to prove that he can stay healthy that his first season was in part, a fluke.
One guy who thinks RGIII needs to cool it both on and off the field is former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The louder than he should be former quarterback pushed some buttons earlier this year when he claimed that Griffin will become a distraction if he continues to play and act the way he’s acting and playing.
Boxer Bernard Hopkins disagrees and suggests Griffin use the long arm of the law to keep McNabb as far away from him as possible.
“What I would advise him: run from McNabb,” Hopkins said via DC Sports Blog. “Run. Run. Run. And press charges if he tries to [connect]. Listen, seriously, this is an assault on this man. Listen. Run, and if he continue to stalk you, call the first police station, whatever town you’re in, and file a report. File a report.”
But Hopkins did try to explain McNabb’s comments by saying that the quarterback was trying to tell Griffin how to not end up like him — washed up and trying to say things for attention.
“I’m McNabb. I want to explain to him, I had an opportunity to play for the NFL,” Hopkins explained to Dan Steinberg. “I conned my way through like I was somebody I wasn’t….I blew it. I blew it. I’m letting you understand, RGIII, don’t choke every time. Or any time.”
Hopkins was likely joking about the police report being needed to get the full picture to McNabb but it goes to show that the young quarterback has folks all over the country polarized about how he should play and act. Where Hopkins was just taking a proverbial jab at McNabb, the original comments made by the one-time Redskins signal caller were more aimed at trying to attract attention.