Last night, Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp series continued on ESPN with Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III. If you’re not familiar with the series, former coach Jon Gruden sits down with future quarterbacks and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Once in a while, Gruden comes across a player who has very few flaws, making the show more of a conversation rather than a critique. Robert Griffin III was one of those players. He was nothing short of a class act and also had the talent to back it up. Even Gruden seemed to be beaming with pride as if it were his own son.
Immediately I wanted to learn more about this guy. He seemed so calm and well spoken, unlike most players in Gruden’s presence. Turns out he had reason to be confident. Griffin is a son of two army sergeants, Robert Jr. and Jacqueline. He was a three sport athlete in high school standing out in basketball, track, and football. Aside from the thousands of passing yards as QB in football, he was ranked the number 1 400m hurdler in the country. Not impressed? Well he graduated high school a semester early and was ranked 7th in his class, oh and he was president too. As we all know, he continued his success in college with football and track, but how about school? Griffin graduated in three years with a 3.67 GPA in Political Science and is still pursuing a Masters in Communication.
Not only is this guy a model athlete, but he is a model citizen. Shouldn’t we all try to emulate this success?
Should there be more focus on academics for athletes?
Should they be required to stay in school a certain period of time before moving to the pro level?