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Robert Griffin III's dad: Running quarterbacks are losers

RGIII's dad is not a fan of run-first quarterbacks. (The Washington Post/Getty Images) RGIII's dad is not a fan of run-first quarterbacks. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The father of Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III said in May that he would like to see his son pass the ball more.

“I just know that based on what I know Robert can do, he doesn’t have to be a runner as much as I saw last year,” Robert Griffin Jr. told The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin at the time. “To me, you’re paying these [receivers] a lot of money to catch the football. I’m his dad — I want him throwing that football a lot. A lot.”

He offered a broader critique of run-oriented quarterbacks in an interview with GQ's Brendan Vaughn for this month's cover story on RGIII (via The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg).

“I will not tell Coach Shanahan how to do any part of his job,” he says, “because he’s been doing this for a long time.” But he stands by his opinion — and then some.

“You tell a kid that you want him to be there for fourteen years, guess what? Historical data will tell you that the more he runs, the more subject he is to career injury,” he says. “You name one quarterback out there that would rather run the football than throw the football and I’ll show you a loser.”

His son, of course, has already dealt with injuries at the NFL level. Griffin III's rookie season was spectacular at times but ended painfully. He sprained his lateral collateral ligament in his right knee against the Ravens late in the regular season.

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Then, in the playoff opener against the Seahawks, he re-injured the knee. Griffin tore his ACL, LCL and meniscus and had surgery in January. He vowed Monday that he would be ready to play Week 1.
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