Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/29/12
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III realizes his professional sports future is firmly planted in the NFL, but his prowess as a track star in the 400m hurdles while at Baylor University has him longing for what could have been - a spot on the US Olympic team. Griffin, who was the 2008 Big 12 Conference gold medalist in the 400m hurdles as well as a Track & Field ll-America that season, told NFL.com he will watch the Olympic trials with a sense of frustration, knowing he could been there competing for a trip to London. "My dad was talking to me about it [Wednesday night] and he was saying that a lot of my peers, the guys that I beat growing up, are running at the trials," said Griffin, the No. 2 overall selection in April's NFL Draft by Washington. "And . . . it does suck. I mean, that's the only way to say it. It sucks. "But I'm definitely fortunate to be in the situation that I am, being in the NFL, being a franchise quarterback for a team with the opportunity to go out and do an infinite amount of things." Then again, Griffin doesn't sound like a guy who has given up completely on an Olympic dream. "If I wake up one day and it's 2016 and I say I want to go run the hurdles again, " he said, "I can do that."
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