Yesterday was the first Sunday of the 2012 NFL Football Season and it couldn’t have come soon enough. After 7 awful, boring months, we got on field action. And it was a banner day. 5 Rookie Quarterbacks took the field for their respective teams.
Among them was Redskins second overall pick Robert Griffin III. I am an unashamed life-long fan of the Washington Redskins and it was hard to not get caught up in the hype all during the offseason. But I was hopeful.
Michael Irvin, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys had a different opinion yesterday during the NFL Network Pre-Game show. When asked what Robert Griffin III had to do to consider his day successful, Irvin lost his mind. I don’t have an exact quote, but I’ll paraphrase:
“I’ve seen RG3 on TV this morning at least 12 times. 10 of them while doing commercials and endorsements. To me, he hasn’t earned that right to make that money. Now that he’s done all the commercial work, he can’t be considered successful by merely winning through short passes and handoffs. He can’t rely on the defense. He has to perform. He has to air the ball out. He has to WOW us, because he’s already acting like a star.”
What? Seriously? Not 5 minutes prior to saying this, he said that Peyton Manning didn’t have to perform to consider his day a success. All Peyton needed in Irvin’s mind, was to win. No matter how that win came about, winning is all that matters in this league.
So, one has to wonder what the difference in opinion is all about. If one quarterback is successful in winning, but another has to impress the exhalted Michael Irvin from high atop his mountain of cocaine and hookers, we have to assume there’s a level of intense jelaousy on Mr. Irvin’s part. Maybe he wishes he had gotten endorsement deals as a rookie, making double his NFL salary from before day one?
Maybe Irvin is still such a Cowboy’s homer, that he can’t be impartial in a discussion about a young man who can play at an extremely high level. Maybe, just maybe, Irvin is a twat-faced, opinionated asshole? That’s the one I’m going with.
Further, RG3 not only won his debut game, he did it in fascinating fashion. Lighting up the New Orleans Saints defense for 320 passing yards in 26 attempts, completing 19 of them. His first 7 passes connected. He threw two touchdowns and never lost his poise in the pocket. His rushing stats weren’t too shabby either. On 10 runs, he racked up 42 yards. That’s better than most Running Backs can muster, with a 4.2 yard-per-carry average.
I’m hoping Irvin sobers up enough this week to eat his words and issue a public retraction of his comments. Sorry your glory days are behind you Michael, but this kid is for real.
And beyond all this, I’m sure RG3 could give less than a shit about what Michael Irvin thinks of anything, at all.
Hail To The Redskins!