Robert Griffin III was all smiles Thursday night, befitting the second player taken in the NFL draft. But backstage at Radio City Music Hall, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback mentioned his night could have been even far better.
Griffin told ProFootballTalk.com the Redskins informed him that if they, and not the Indianapolis Colts held the No. 1 pick, they nevertheless would have taken him.
“They mentioned if Indianapolis would have traded with them and kept Peyton Manning, that they would have drafted me with the No. 1 overall pick,” Griffin mentioned. “So it’s not a shot at anyone, it’s just that they’re the team that wanted me and they showed it in late February, and I’m glad to be element of the team.”
The Colts kept the No. 1 pick, or course, and drafted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Griffin said he looks forward to the challenge of taking the reins in D.C.
“I’m going to go in, try to just show the guys that they can trust me rather of attempting to be the most vocal guy out there,” he mentioned. “I am a rookie, and I recognize that there are veterans out there who you have to respect, and I do respect them.”
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