Donovan McNabb has advice for RGIII on injury, media spotlight

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Donovan McNabb has some sage advice for Robert Griffin III about handling expectations and putting the team first.

Donovan McNabb wants to get in touch with Robert Griffin III to give him some advice. Namely, the long-time Philadelphia Eagles quarterback thinks Griffin is doing too much.

"It's too much right now; it's just too much," McNabb told the Washington Post. "I get some of things he's doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on.

"But if you're coming off ACL surgery, you don't need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team."

McNabb also has some things he wants to say to RG3's father. Robert Griffin II was outspoken in the media, saying that Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan should let his son throw the ball more often. McNabb doesn't disagree with the sentiment, but worries about the negative attention the comments have brought upon the young quarterback.

"Now, we all know what he said was right," McNabb said. "But that's something you voice behind closed doors because otherwise it creates a wedge that didn't have to be there. No team needs those kinds of things hovering over them.

"Like I said, I would really like for me and my dad to sit down with he and his dad just to tell them what we went through and talk about our experiences."

McNabb tried to reach out to Griffin last season, but he never heard back. He had no hard feelings for the rookie (though McNabb was able to have several conversations with Russell Wilson). After all, McNabb understands very well what it's like to be a prized young quarterback. McNabb just wants to iterate that spreading oneself too thin can negatively affect the team.

"My advice to any young quarterback off the top is this: You got spare time, spend it getting to know your teammates off the field," McNabb said. "I used to invite mine to Arizona to train with me in the offseasons. Whatever you need to do, get to know them as a person, not just a player. Because that trust is all you have on Sundays."

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