“I don’t feel me being out there hurt the team in any way. I’m the best option for this team. That’s why I’m the starter.”
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) spoke those words in his postgame press conference after the Redskins lost 24-14 to the Seattle Seahawks in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. RGIII was re-injured in the game and many are wondering if his coach, Mike Shanahan, should have pulled him once his injury became evident. That’s an important question. But I believe the bravado of Griffin’s comments pose an equally important question.
RGIII’s boast reminds me of an earlier column I wrote on Joe Flacco, a column about pride coming before a fall. Or in this case after the fall since the Redskins lost the game and are out of the playoffs.
As I wrote earlier, you want your quarterback to be confident. I get that. But not boastful.
Proverbs 29:23 says “Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” Based upon this Bible verse, I think RGIII should have stopped after his first sentence above. I don’t think it is wise for him to say “I’m the best option for this team.” He may believe that. In fact, I want him to believe that. But I think discretion would have you keep that sentiment to yourself and not share it with the world.