Former Eagles star, and short-lived Redskins starting quarterback, Donovan McNabb has some advice for current Redskins QB Robert Griffin III: slow down.
McNabb, who played in five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl, knows what being in the spotlight as a talented NFL quarterback is like. And McNabb thinks Griffin needs to take it easy, and make sure his celebrity status doesn't interfere with the team.
Griffin has been having a busy offseason: planning a wedding, attending the Kentucky Derby, purchasing a $2.5 million mansion and recovering from ACL surgery.
“It’s too much right now; it’s just too much,” McNabb said, speaking from his home in Arizona. “I get some of things he’s doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on.
“But if you’re coming off ACL surgery, you don’t need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team.”
McNabb said he doesn't blame Griffin, but thinks the young QB might be setting himself up for criticism later, especially from the media. From The Washington Post:
“Especially if Robert doesn't play at first or isn't right for the first eight weeks and it takes a while for him to become the player he was,” he said. “So what if you start 2-6 or 3-5? Then everybody wonders what happened, starts thinking, ‘But wait, you told us he was great a few months ago. He told us he was great.’ ”
The former Eagles quarterback said he would like to sit down with Griffin and Griffin's dad to give them some advice.
"I would really like for me and my dad to sit down with he and his dad just to tell them what we went through and talk about our experiences.”McNabb tried to reach out to Griffin last year, but never heard back. He said he hasn't given up on trying to share his advice with Griffin, though.