I have transcribed about half of what I recorded of what Robert Griffin III said to the media after he was drafted by the Redskins on Thursday night. Im not sure if Im going to do the other half because, as noted in my article from yesterday, a lot of the questions got repetitive after while. But in any case, I got enough to get some basic idea of how RG3 looks at life, football, leadership, and other areas. Here are a few nuggets of his perspective:--If youre a quarterback you want that pressure on you, you want the ball because you truly believe in yourself. Thats how you get to be great.--You inspire the people around you to play better and just do the right things. Dont go out to the bar on Thursday nights when you play on Sunday. Stay in, go eat some dinner, do something productive.--Ill try to get through to my teammates, to have a positive outlook on everything, dont be a fool, but try to have a positive outlook, go out there and try to be successful.--Its not like Ill walk in the locker room and say, hey guys, look at me, Im on the cover of ESPN magazine. You dont do things like that. You go in, you say, Im a rookie, Im also your quarterback.--Im not one who plans out my day, but I do have a plan, the big picture. Worry about all of the small things and the big picture will fall into place.--The most important thing is your teammates. If your teammates come to you and say, hey, were relying on you, thats the most important thing.--Im a person that tries to lead by example. I dont just talk. Sometimes, I get tired of talking about things because you want to just go do it, so Im excited to just go do it with the Redskins and just know that my dream has come true.--You don't play quarterbacks in this league. You'll always be compared head to head, but you play defenses. I'm looking forward to playing the defenses in this division.--You want pressure as a quarterback. It can keep you straight and make sure I involve my teammates. You don't want to take on that type of attention all by yourself.
In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.
Now it is official.
The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.
Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.
In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.
On Wednesday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay.
But shortly after news of the deal broke, it appeared as if Stork, a 25-year-old former Florida State offensive lineman, was leaning toward retiring instead of joining the Redskins.
Former Redskins tight end and ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley was the first to reveal the information, doing so in a somewhat cryptic tweet.
Actually stork is retiring. Huh? This just got interesting.— Chris Cooley (@thecooleyzone) August 24, 2016
However, nothing is official and the situation is very up in the air.
Okay - fluid situation at #Redskins Park. Source says Bryan Stork is considering retirement. Team clearly working to convince otherwise— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 24, 2016
What I know - Skins agreed on trade for Stork. Not a done deal now as Stork unsure about his future— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) August 24, 2016
Stork started for the 2014 National Championship Seminoles team and the Super Bowl XLIX-winning Patriots team.
Stork is known for his physicality, but started the 2015 on injured reserve due to a concussion and neck injury. He was activated on Nov. 7, 2015 and played the very next day against the Redskins.
The trade with the Redskins came a few hours after it was reported that the Patriots were going to release him.
The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon.
Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news, confirmed by CSN's JP Finlay.
The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released.
In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago.
The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.
The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position.
Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry.