One of the more interesting components of ESPN’s recent pre-Draft coverage is their QB Camp with former head coach Jon Gruden. While it’s usually a soft-serve interview compared to private NFL meetings, there’s usually some criticism in there to see how the player will react when put on the spot.
Last Friday, the segment debuted on ESPN with Stanford’s Andrew Luck, the presumed top quarterback in the Draft. He was given a lot of game tape and told to diagnose a play that he runs more than any other: the Spider Two-Y Banana. Gruden’s bone to pick with him came on a play in which he didn’t run through the proper progression, and threw a pick-six.
The conversation on last night’s episode with Griffin was of an entirely different flavor, focusing on the charismatic personality of the Heisman winner. I really like how Griffin has appeared at both his Pro Day and at the QB Camp in shirts that say “Determined” on the front, because it indicates how seriously he takes his craft. But he’s also unafraid to have fun, and explains his awesome collection of themed-socks to Gruden:
“It’s something I started in high school, my sophomore year. I wasn’t one that matched very well, and I just wanted to show people that I was comfortable with who I was. I’m comfortable in my own skin.
“I’m gonna show you the socks–not in an arrogant way–but I don’t care what you think. I’m comfortable with who I am, and you can make fun of me, but as long as you respect me for the player that I am and the person that I am, then you can laugh at my socks.”
Truer words were never said. And after a recent Tweet by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, could RG3 be more likely to fall to No. 2?
Only time will tell.
Check out the full video of RG3 conversation with Gruden, below: