Another One Bites The Dust: A.K.A., The Rise and Fall of RGIII in WDC


This is a sad day for Washington, D.C. sports fans. Or is it?

Yet another Washington Redskins’ quarterback has gone by the wayside; yet another ‘Skins QB has been benched; and yet another change has been made at the most important position on FED EX field. Yeash! Oy vey! Mama Mia! Ai, yai yai! (and every other emotional expression I can’t think of!)

Robert Griffin the Third, a.k.a., RGIII, came into DC and he was the talk of the town. He was loved and lauded and praised and applauded even before he stepped onto the field. He had lots and loads of pressure heaped upon him from the gun, being the Heisman Trophy winner and all, and so it was a classic, meteoric rise of epic proportions.

Yet he didn’t help himself by heaping a whole bunch of pressure on his own head on top of all that. RGIII had promise and potential and possibilities galore — it’s just that, well – it’s complicated. His career in DC has been up and down and all around. And here lately, his numbers were low and his ratings were lower, and yet in his mind he was still a wonder. And that’s the problem with most of us; we’re a wonder in our own minds. And so it’s been a classic, colossal, catastrophic fall.

And if it’s a sad day, it’s sad because, on the one hand, while we like Robert and want him to succeed, some of us saw this coming a mile away.

As we all know, the way up is down, and on the way up you had better keep your hopes up but your mouth shut, at least to the press. Being humble and acting humble are supposed to be opposite sides of the same coin. But for RGIII, his recent claim of being the best quarterback in the league didn’t help his teammates (or this fan, for that matter) support him. You can hope and wish and work and will your way to the top, but in order to get there, you’ll need help. So it’s not a good thing when you “piss off” (excuse my French) the help, a.k.a. your teammates and your fans, not to mention your coach (or multiple coaches for that matter.)

And so the only drama left is if and when the Redskins trade or release their once bright and shining star athlete. Griffin was going to lead the Redskins to the Promised Land of multiple NFC East Championships (he got one) and Super Bowl appearances, if not victories, to boot. And after his first year, there was no reason to believe that he wouldn’t. We saw the rise, and now — behold the fall.

So here’s to hoping and praying that RGIII lands on his feet on a different team in a different state with a different result. Let’s hope that RGIII goes to a team with a different scheme that can work with him and walk with him to his desired destiny. Because it would be a shame to go from Heisman Trophy winner to Heisman Trophy has-been.

And so while it may be a sad day, it’s also the first day of the rest of RGIII’s life and career.  In other words, this is a redemption story just waiting to happen.

3 thoughts on “Another One Bites The Dust: A.K.A., The Rise and Fall of RGIII in WDC

  1. A well-crafted and thoughtful summary post on RGIII and his current situation. I was a huge fan of his at Baylor and am sorry it went so wrong in DC. I really believe Mike Shanahan ruined him right out of the gate from a physical standpoint and, indeed, he continued the downward spiral of his career on his own. Rooting for him to find his footing elsewhere.

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