Success came pretty quick to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, leading the franchise to the playoffs in his rookie season. In his sophomore campaign, things got tougher as the Redskins limped toa 3-13 record.
That has made Griffin the recipient of some criticism and scrutiny from fans.
“This league, it’s for the tough” Griffin said, via the Washington Post. “Everyone’s going to say something about what you’re doing, what you’re not doing. If you win a Super Bowl, you can do whatever you want. If you’re not winning, you can’t do anything, but that’s not how you gotta live your life. … When you have opportunities to do things that are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, you do it. At the end of the day, football is a fun game. It’s a beautiful game because it’s more than about just one guy. It’s about a team. And when one guy eats, everybody eats. And that’s what we’re looking forward to, having everybody eating at the dinner table and getting some dessert this year.”
There is some truth to what Griffin is saying, those who win or are on teams that routinely win and contend can do whatever they want and face less scrutiny for their decisions. Meanwhile those who don’t are expected to live in a bubble where they focus on just their craft.
For instance Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He got crucified for going to Cabo on a bye week when he wouldn’t have had any practice between the regular season and playoffs. Romo got ripped again for golfing during the offseason, another hobby he has given up.