RG3 sensitive to Native Americans
(Sportsnetwork.com) - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III addressed the controversy surrounding the team's nickname, saying he stands by Native Americans, but his focus is on winning football games.
"It's not our focus as a football team because we have a job to do - to win football games," Griffin said during an interview on the Seth Davis Show that will air Thursday on www.campusinnsiders.com. "I stand by the Native Americans and what they want. That's what we want ... I can't really focus on that. I know I'm a football player and here to play quarterback for the Washington Redskins until someone tells me that we have a different name."
Griffin, who struggled throughout the preseason, also touched on his team's expectations for the coming season with Davis.
"Had a chance to go through everything with my team this offseason from conditioning drills, to working out, to practice, and I think we're a far better team today at this point," Griffin said. "I personally feel better and I know the team feels better."
Griffin returned from a torn ACL and LCL last season to play in 13 games, completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
That was a far cry from his spectacular freshman season, however, where he earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors and led the Redskins to the NFC East crown before suffering his injury in the playoffs against Seattle.
09/03 15:55:13 ET