The New England Patriots and Washington Redskins held a joint practice on Monday, but it wasn’t just practice for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The young quarterback not only got a chance to watch Tom Brady, he got an opportunity to speak with one of the best quarterbacks in the game and he was appreciative of some of the advice Brady offered.
Like Brady, RGIII suffered a season-ending ACL injury. The young Redskins quarterback wasn’t fully prepared when he returned at the beginning of the 2013 season and it resulted in RGIII having a down year. He is hoping to rebound this season and led a Redskins team back to respectability. RGIII got to experience first hand the hard work it takes to be consistently good at the quarterback position. The now 37-year-old Brady took time out of his busy scheduled to speak with Griffin.
Per the Boston Globe, RGIII said, “I got a chance to talk to Tom. He’s been saying that he’s been in the same offense for 15 years, which is astounding. That’s amazing. (He) said this is only my third year, said I have a lot of football left in me, and that’s great coming from a guy like him. I appreciate that. Hopefully I get a chance to sit down with him if he’s not too busy. We’ll both be watching a lot of film and getting ready for tomorrow’s practice. Hopefully I get that chance.”
In a way, Tom Brady has something to prove of his own. Coming off a down year statistically himself, Brady is out prove to critics that he is still on top of his game. In Monday’s practice the Redskins defense quickly found out how much Brady still has left in his tank. RGIII is hoping to pick up a little more advice from Brady, but also realizes he has a lot of his own work to do.
Both teams hold joint practices again on Tuesday and Wednesday before playing their first preseason game Thursday night. RGIII will continue to learn from the best, but if he can’t spend more time directly with Brady, he will value the brief time they did spend conversing. He will also embrace the experience of being on the same field as the future Hall of Fame quarterback. He said, “It’s enjoyable to come out here and work with a guy that’s been the best for a long time.”