After being away from the NFL for an entire season, Robert Griffin III found himself back on an NFL roster when the Ravens signed him to a one-year, $1 million deal in April.
Fast forward to August, and the former Offensive Rookie of the Year will have one final shot at earning a spot on the 53-man roster, coincidentally, against the team that drafted him in 2012 with hopes of him being their franchise quarterback.
"I've got nothing but love for the Washington Redskins and their organization," Griffin III said Tuesday.
"They drafted me in 2012, gave me an opportunity to play this game that I've dreamed of playing most of my life. I'm really grateful for that. If I get that opportunity to go out there and play against them, it won't be any more special or less special , but still always know where I started and just looking to continue from there."
How much time he has left with the Ravens is to be determined. The team hasn't kept three quarterbacks on their final roster since 2009, but with first-round pick Lamar Jackson still learning the NFL style of play, the experience Griffin III brings to the table seems like enough for the organization to keep him.
"Robert has done everything we've asked him to do, and more," John Harbaugh said.
"I mean, I love the guy," tight end Maxx Williams added. "I love him in the locker room. He's a great guy to talk to and he's been around a long time so you kind of learn a lot of things from him."
Griffin III has experienced the highs and lows of the game over six seasons and is grateful for the opportunity he's been given in 2018, even if they are in the fourth quarter of a preseason game.
"Whatever happens, happens. If I was to say, I sat out of football last year and was to come and have an opportunity to play for the Baltimore Ravens and have the preseason that we've had so far, winning all our games and personally playing the way I've played, I would say it was a successful camp. I'm just really excited and grateful for the opportunity from the Ravens and the organization, Mr. Bisciotti and all the guys that came together to give me an opportunity. Couldn't ask for anything more."
His time away from the game appears to have brought out the more humble side of him. The 28-year old has taken pride in mentoring the rookie quarterback who came into the picture after him.
"We have a similar skill set. So I try to get in his ear as often as I possibly can on some of those things. I think everybody has, but coming from me, he definitely hears it a little bit more."
While RGIII's career with the Ravens will be determined over the next several days, if anything he will leave more confident in the player he can become.
"I feel like the adversity that I've been through, from the highs to the lows, MVP talks to not playing an entire year because of concussion or whatever it may be, I've learned who I am. And I understand the type of player that I can be, the type of player I will be. Tom Brady's playing until he's 41. I'm 28, I've got a lot of years left, so I'm looking forward to continue to get better as a player, as a leader and just as a teammate. Hopefully it's here, 'cause that's where I want to be. And if not, then whoever picks me up or whatever happens, I'll give it my all."
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