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Darrell Green: RGIII's instant fame hindered chance for success

Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's widespread fame, and his inability to handle it, have prevented his once-promising career from flourishing.

That's the opinion of Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, who spent 20 seasons with the Redskins. More specifically, Green noted how Griffin arrived in the NFL as a celebrity of sorts after he was selected No. 2 overall in the 2012 draft.

"The first time that Robert Griffin III stepped on the field he was not only rich, but he was famous. Incredibly famous. More famous than any player (on Washington) and he had never even taken a play," Green told the Washington Post. "That's a different ballgame. That's a different management level, and a different need for management skills. Both personal and relational."

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Green contends the way Griffin coped with such fame while serving as the face of the franchise has hindered his development since a successful debut season, when he was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.

"I think that he's made mistakes. And I'd say the mistakes he's made have not been with his feet or his arms, they've been more with his mouth," Green said. "I think the same thing in terms of the leadership."

(h/t Washington Post)