Just days before going into this first official game as a Cleveland Brown, Robert Griffin III was named a season-long team captain in a vote by his teammates. Griffin was an offensive captain for both the 2012 and 2013 season when he was in Washington.
Veteran cornerback Joe Haden described Griffin as “a super team-first guy,” this offseason, saying the quarterback wanted to, “have a friendship,” and, “a bond between all of his teammates.”
Griffin’s tenure as a Redskin began strong, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2012, also guiding the team to a wild card playoff berth. After that though, he was plagued with injuries and seen as a poor teammate, often being criticized publicly by head coach Jay Gruden, and did not play a snap in 2015 after being benched in favor of Kirk Cousins.
Griffin now has a chance to revitalize his career in Cleveland, after being given this second chance by head coach Hue Jackson. Now, with the distinction of being named a captain for the whole season, Griffin is especially happy for the opportunity.
“I’m extremely happy,” Griffin said. “Not satisfied, but happy with where I’m at, the opportunity that’s been blessed upon me and being here with these guys, it’s really a blessing. I can’t speak enough about how this [locker room] has been awesome.”
Griffin will now likely be joining at least Joe Thomas and Haden as the team’s full staff of captains.
**All quotes via ESPN.com