Robert Griffin III is not currently on an NFL roster, but that doesn’t mean his NFL career is over. Griffin still hopes to have the chance to play again.
“There is a hunger in me that makes me want to continue playing” Griffin said in an appearance on “The Adam Schefter Podcast”.
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Griffin would not rule out any destinations if he had the opportunity to return to the NFL. That includes moving back to the team that drafted him, the Washington football team – if the team is willing to re-sign him following Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury.
“Yeah, I mean it might, to be honest,” Griffin said when asked if signing with Washington might work. “But for me to go back to Washington… that should be something that coach Ron Rivera and the team would be open to.
“You never say never, that’s what I would say. Am I open to that? Yes, I would love to go back and be able to come full circle. But am I begging or begging for that? No. But if your guy breaks down, make the call.
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Griffin, the No.2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was a star in his rookie season in Washington. He threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions while completing 65.6% of his passes. He also added 815 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns and led Washington to the playoffs. Sadly, he suffered an ACL tear in that playoff game and never quite regained his rookie-year form.
“I’ve always viewed the situation in Washington as in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Griffin said of that game. “The injury at the end of the 2012 season and the playoffs against Seattle. People will talk about it and say “what if” forever, if I ever go back. “
Although Griffin has only started two games in the past three seasons, he believes he still has the skills to be successful as a starter.
“I believe I would thrive in a system similar to those who [Ryan] Tannehill, [Russell] Wilson and [Kirk] Cousins played, ”Griffin said.
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Griffin acknowledged that the successes of veteran quarterbacks like Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor and Nick Foles had motivated him to some extent. And if he can get the same opportunity, he’s confident he can produce.
“When I see all these opportunities, guys are maximizing [them] – Tyrod Taylor, right? [He] comes out, has a chance to compete and boom, wins the job – that’s what I want to get to, ”Griffin said.“ I know this year, I mean it’s the season, [so] you are not in competition to be [a] in quotes starting from the season, so for me it’s about … a team is injured or they want to bring me in, it’s great if next year I can have the opportunity to compete … I am on board for this.
“I firmly believe not only in my own abilities, but in my own abilities,” Griffin continued. “And I’m 31 because I haven’t had a chance to really play the game in about five or six years.”
Griffin hasn’t had the chance yet, so he will stay with ESPN for the time being. But if he has the right opportunity, expect him to jump on it.