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RGIII name-checks Walmart in Facebook rant

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It's been a long, tough season for second-year Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

After a stellar rookie campaign, he struggled hugely this term with critics pinning much of the blame for the Redskins' disastrous 3-13 season on his shoulders.

First it was his technique, then his attitude, then maybe it was the commercials? Whatever, he was doing, Griffin was supposedly doing it wrong.

So, with the regular season over, Griffin plainly felt it was high time he had his own say.

Responding to all his critics on his verified Facebook page, Griffin let loose.

He said: "You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead of green yesterday? Well, I don't.

"I'm 'striving' for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The 'attention' is 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."

The former-Baylor quarterback attracted criticism after appearing in several adverts - including for Adidas and Subway - as he continued his rehabilitation from serious knee injury suffered last season.

But Griffin clearly feels his off-the-field activities had no effect on his on-field performance.

"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."

The Redskins won the NFC East title on a 10-6 record during Griffin's debut campaign, but coach Mike Shanahan lost his job after this season's debacle.

And finally, what about the sleeve that attracted so much attention? For Griffin, it's just about making him feel as comfortable as possible on the field of play.

"Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. You see WE are a team."

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