In the locker room at Redskins Park, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin IIIs stall has been strategically placed next London Fletchers.Fletcher said he did not request the arrangement, but its rather obvious that the coaching staff wanted the franchises next leader to learn the ropes from the teams current one.The thing about him is he already has great leadership quality, Fletcher said. Hes already emerged as one of the leaders on the football team, and not because of the position he plays. His aura, his personality, is one of his great leadership qualities.Just some of the things he does that rookies dont generally do, the emotional linebacker continued, like getting the guys together in Waco.Fletcher said he doesnt consider himself Griffins mentor, but he also seemed to grasp that its his responsibility to help cultivate those qualities in the young signal caller.Being around this game for a number of years now, you can tell when you meet guys who have it, Fletcher said. Just the way he carries himself, no sense of entitlement, he just wants to work hard.Interestingly, Fletcher was the second Redskins veteran on Thursday to point out that Griffin possesses the intangibles all leaders seem to have.Theres no faade, Chris Cooley said. He just has it. Its there already.Fletcher said he doesnt initiate conversations about leadership with Griffin.Their chats just kind of happen.Its just natural conversation, Fletcher said. You dont talk about leadership. You just have your natural conversations, and definitely in that conversation, you can see where a guy understands what it takes to get to the next level, on and off the field.Asked if their conversations focus on football or life, Fletcher said its a little of both.As much as Fletcher gushed about Griffins personality and rare talent, the 37-year-old said he has not intentions of calling the 22-year-old quarterback by his Hollywood-like nickname.I call him Robert, Fletcher said with a smile. Im not calling him RG3. Hes just Robert, Rob. Some guys call him RG3, but hes just who he is.
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July 26, 2012, 6:52 pm