RG III: “Dream Quarterback?”
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 10 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
Two years before Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., the Redskins became the last NFL team to integrate. Twenty-five years later, the Redskins made a different kind of history, when Doug Williams became the first, and only, black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Today, even as he faces rehab from reconstructive knee surgery, Robert Griffin III is seen by some as the first “post-racial” superstar, known more for his leadership, skills and ability than his race. As Mark Schwarz reports, RG III has become a role model and inspiration for African-Americans, especially in Washington, D.C.
“I don’t ignore it. I try not to be defined by it, but I understand different perspectives and how people view different things. So, I understand that they’re excited that their quarterback is an African-American.” — Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins quarterback, on his view of his ethnicity
“Robert carries a burden of every kid in this city regardless of color. But he carries a special burden — whether he or anyone else wants to admit it — for black kids.” — John Thompson, former Georgetown University basketball coach, on RG III being an African-American role model
When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was just 11-years old, he wrote himself a letter for a school project. Written to his future self, Kaepernick predicted he would be a football player for the 49ers or Packers. His vision became a reality when he replaced the injured Alex Smith as the Niners’ starting quarterback midway through the season. Facing Green Bay in this weekend’s Divisional playoffs, Kaepernick talks about that prophetic letter and his unique journey to the NFL. Colleen Dominguez reports.
“To me, it was just kind of how I felt at that time. I knew I wanted to be a professional football player and I knew I wanted to be taller than I was.” — Colin Kaepernick, on the letter
After 13 years in the NFL, three Super Bowl titles, and two NFL MVPs, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues to find ways to keep himself motivated. He sits down with Chris Berman to discuss how this year’s offense is different from any other, Peyton Manning’s return to MVP-form in Denver, and how he’s bounced back from the Patriots’ heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XLVI last season.
“People say, ‘What do you want to do after football?’ I’m like ‘What do you mean after football? There’s nothing after football.’ This is what I was born to do, and this is what I enjoy doing more than anything else.” –Tom Brady
“Peyton, what he’s done is pretty remarkable. He’s an incredible player, and what a year he’s had. Nothing surprises me with him. He’s going to set every record that’s ever been at this quarterback position if he stays at it for long enough.” — Brady, on Peyton Manning’s return
Where has Aldon Smith gone? The San Francisco 49ers DE is working his way out of a sacks slump. Liz Merrill reports.
On Friday, Jan. 4, 2012, the traditional “Year End” treatment was applied to a special Outside the Lines show, revealing that from the streets of Cambodia to the youth football fields of Broward County, Fla., OTL traveled the world to report some of the year’s most thought provoking sports stories. Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons, OTL presented in-depth reports on headline news, including the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal, the FAMU band hazing, Junior Seau’s suicide, and the many challenges facing the NFL and the game of football. Bob Ley hosts ESPN award-winning OTL.