$0.02: With Griffin you get more than just quickness | SummitDaily.com

$0.02: With Griffin you get more than just quickness


So it seems the Broncos knew something maybe we didn’t about Quentin Griffin. Not that he’s a talented, slashing running back who is every bit capable of picking up where Clinton Portis left off on the field – that was at least a little bit evident from his college days at Oklahoma. No, I’m talking about what a humble person he is, and how much better he is for the team because of that. The ESPN commentators on Sunday night said that in their pregame interview they had a tough time getting Griffin to say anything at all, much less boast about himself the way Portis used to.

And in the name of football as a business, there’s little chance that Griffin will ever hold out or demand gazillions the way Portis had begun to. I saw Portis in person once last year, when I visited the Broncos training camp for a story. He zoomed to and fro faster than a cheetah on steroids during the practice session, but what stood out most in my mind was the following exchange.

After practice, as Portis was heading toward the locker room, he walked right by a young kid with Portis’ jersey in his hand. “Clinton,” the kid said, holding out the jersey, “will you give me your autograph?” Portis looked at the kid and said, “It’s not my day to sign.” Then he kept walking. It will take a while to evaluate the trade’s overall value to both the Broncos and the Redskins, but at least Griffin gives you more than just a sensational talent … All right, let me get this straight. No female Russian tennis player had ever won a major until this year’s French Open. Now, three different Russian women have won the past three majors – Svetlana Kuznetsova at the U.S. Open last week, Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon and Anastasia Myskina at the French. To boot, both Myskina and Kuznetsova beat Elena Dementieva, another Russian, in their finals matches. So much for the untouchable Americans named Williams …

A fellow SDN writer put it pretty darn well the other day, as we were talking about last week’s Patriots-Colts game – which New England won 27-24 in thrilling fashion. In a nutshell, he said, “Is there anything better than being a Pats fan?” I couldn’t be further from one. But really, is there a better team to root for in sports? Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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