01/13/2014 05:55 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

RG3 Posts Facebook Rant About Fame, Critics, Media In Response To A Question About His Sleeves

Robert Griffin III posted a lengthy message on his Facebook page on Friday railing against his critics and lamenting the downside of NFL stardom. The entire rant was apparently inspired by a question posed to him about his habit of wearing long sleeves under his uniform.

After he started his comment by admitting "I usually don't do this," RG3 launched into an explanation of his choice to wear sleeves. He then continued on, writing about everything from off-field scrutiny to the perception that his media obligations caused Washington's miserable 3-13 season.

I usually don't do this because everyone will have an opinion on what you do or don't do. But to answer your question.
I wear a sleeve because....well the same reason Pierre Garcon wears a fang mouthpiece-S. Moss wears a hand warmer when it's 70 degrees-Will Montgomery wears elbow pads-Alfred Morris wears shin guards-London Fletcher doesn't wear sleeves in below freezing weather-Adam Carriker does bicep curls and tricep extensions before a game-Chris Baker dances before every game in the locker room-Logan Paulsen does 2 handed spikes when he celebrates touchdowns-Chris Chester does ninja spins to block people-Some guys wear sleeves & some don't-Some guys wear wristbands & some don't-Etc Etc
You see WE do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years.
You see WE are a team.
You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead if green yesterday? Well I don't. I'm "striving" for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The "attention" that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season. Oh wait, you must be talking about the Commercials? Right? Oh ok so what was the deal with those in 2012? WE won the division. So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it's because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough.
And that you keep supporting the team.

Although it was initially unclear what exactly inspired RG3 to post the lengthy message, he eventually revealed he was answering a fan's question.

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett happened to read RG3's rant and posted his reaction on Twitter.



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