RGIII might have just earned itself an NFL career Part II.
As part of an annual charity event featuring SiriusXM host Rich Eisen running the 40-yard dash, former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III also laced up his cleats. And Griffin’s surprisingly fast 4.48-second time started conversations within teams that the 32-year-old free agent may still be eligible for an NFL roster spot instead of working as a college football analyst for ESPN.
“Yes, I did get some calls because of that 4.48,” Griffin later said on The Rich Eisen Show.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last played in 2020, as backup to Lamar Jackson with the Ravens. Griffin’s best years were in Washington, but his career was derailed by a serious knee injury after his sensational rookie season. He was with the Browns in stints in Washington and Baltimore.
“I’m a young guy, 32 years old,” Griffin said. “We see guys like Tom Brady playing until they’re 45. Now he’s got seven Super Bowl rings that kind of plays into that, and I don’t have any. But the desire to play is still there and, you know, I’m just blessed that ESPN has given me an opportunity to do what I’ve done for the past eight months in the broadcast world, while also understanding that I still have a desire to play. “
About a week before the NFL Draft, Griffin spent a day training at TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, NJ with quarterback Kenny Pickett. It was his way of staying in shape and also gathering analyst information on Pickett, who was subsequently drafted no. 20 overall by the Steelers.
Griffin discussed with Eisen potential landing spots, including heading home for the Cowboys, which he called “a great situation for me.” The Baylor product also mentioned the Falcons and Bears as spots where he could be foreseeable.
While Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill ruled out a timeless debate over starting quarterbacks should mentor younger backups, Griffin understands his role would be a backup mentor, like he was to Jackson during his 2019 NFL MVP season.
Griffin was one of the great dual-threat running quarterbacks to come out of college, running a 4.41-second 40-yard dash in his heyday. About a decade later, it appears his wheels are still in top shape despite the injury history.
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