The 2012 NFL draft is just around the corner and while much of the sporting world is talking about Peyton Manning replacement Andrew Luck going to the Indianapolis Colts there may be nearly as much chatter surrounding Baylor standout and heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Now Griffin has come right out and said he plans to be “the face of a franchise.
The 22-year-old Baylor star is expected to be picked up by the Washington Redskins who traded with the St. Louis Rams in order to receive the 2nd overall pic.
Speaking to the Washington Post on Sunday Griffin said:
“After the draft — because that’s really when life starts for the rookies — I’m excited to meet my new team, new coaches, get in a new city, figure out where I’m gonna live, figure out what the culture of that city is.”
He then added:
“I’m possibly gonna be a top two pick and gonna be the face of a franchise, it’s been a great ride, I’m really excited about the future.”
Griffin is a smart kid with a political science degree from one of the toughest universities in the country and his reputation as a mature young player should help him along nicely as he makes the transition into the pros.
Speaking about his straightforward goal for the new season Robert Griffin III said:
“One of the goals I have is to help the team that drafts me to win more games than it did the previous year.”
The Washington Redskins haven’t had a franchise quarterback in 20 years and they haven’t won a Super Bowl since the 1991/1992 season, if Robert Griffin III shows the team improvement Washington could finally have the QB they have been desperately searching for over the last two decades.
You can’t fault Griffin for being confident in his abilities, just check out his 2011 highlights reel: