It's nearly impossible not to be impressed by Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, on the field or off. He's easily the most entertaining QB in the Big 12, and he's going to lead the Bears to their first bowl since ... before man landed on the moon (or thereabouts). He's funny. He's bright. He's scheduled to graduate with a degree in political science in December. There isn't much not to be impressed by from RGIII.
Including his candor.
After TCU's 45-10 win against Baylor on Sept. 18, TCU head coach Gary Patterson and TCU LB Tank Cader both said they didn't think RGIII was all the way back from the torn ACL he suffered last season. That the injury was partly to explain why Griffin was held to 184 passing yards and 21 rushing yards against the Frogs.
Griffin isn't a fan of such obversations.
"I really don't understand that whole statement in general because I've never played against any of those guys," Griffin said this week. "How would they know if I was faster or not? That's all I'll say about that."
Would Griffin prefer the TCU players and coaches to say what most of us saw - that he had his lunch handed to him? Of course not.
This is the first time when I thought - RGIII, let it go. Other than that, let the man talk. College football is better served when RGIII plays, and speaks his mind.
After Baylor pounded Kansas, 55-7, on Saturday he said the game against TCU "was a fluke."
TCU fans were irritated by the comments as a slap in the face; the Baylor people were irritated because they thought I took the comments out of context.
I didn't. He said it. I like the statement. RGIII has pride and confidence, and doesn't want to concede that his team would get slapped around again by TCU. That the performance in Fort Worth was an aberration.
Don't kill a guy for being honest.
This is the same guy who said before the TCU game: "We're constantly trying to build. Buffalo was a step up from Sam Houston, and TCU will be a step up from Buffalo. So we're just looking forward to having these games and continuing to get better.”
How GP and TCU managed to create a factually correct statement into some "he dissed us" bulletin board material is proof of just how little opponents actually say any more about the other team.
There should be no indictment on RGIII for clearly stating his thoughts or sharing his opinions, but on us for hurriedly raising hands so we can claim to have our feelings hurt.
- Mac Engel
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