Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick burst onto the scene as NFL superstars around the same time, Griffin as a rookie with the Redskins and Kaepernick in his second year with the 49ers in 2012.
Now, both quarterbacks — Griffin, 27, and Kaepernick, 29 — are out of the league, neither able to catch on with a new team after parting with their respective organizations. Griffin was released by the Browns, while Kaepernick opted out of his deal with the 49ers, in March.
In an exclusive interview with 106.7 The Fan on Monday, Griffin was asked whether he could picture — way back in 2012 — a scenario in which neither quarterback would be signed to an NFL team today.
“We were in the locker room. I remember having a conversation with you one time,” Grant Paulsen recalled to Griffin. “And it was you — at the time, it was Kaep and Russell Wilson — breaking out, and we were talking about the next 10 years in the NFL, right?”
“What would you have done if I’d have told you that you and Kaepernick were both going to be out of football right now watching these games,” Paulsen asked. “And, hopefully, there’s football left for you guys. But can you just imagine that we got here that quickly?”
“Oh, I mean, I would tell you that I wouldn’t believe that at all,” Griffin said. “The way the game is played, and just to see the amount of quarterbacks that have gone down this year, I wouldn’t say, ‘Yeah. There’s no way that myself and Kaep wouldn’t be in the league.'”
“If you just look at it from a pure stat standpoint, we should definitely be in the league,” he said. “If you look at it from a talent standpoint, we should definitely be in the league.”
“It comes down to the teams, ultimately,” he said, “and at this time, the teams don’t want to sign myself or Kaep, and that’s just the way it is. It doesn’t mean you stop working. It doesn’t mean you give up. It means you continue to work and you do everything you possibly can to make sure, that when you get your next opportunity, that you go out and ball out.”
Griffin, despite being unemployed for seven months, continues to train in hopes that someone will call for his services.
“I’m young, 27,” he said. “Implemented some new things into my training routine — film study, those types of things. But I’m down in Florida right now, training, going back and forth between FAU in Miami and Disney’s Wide World of Sports. So it’s been interesting, but still training and making sure that I’m healthy, I’m ready to go and that my mind is sharp when I get my opportunity.”