Book Review: Robert Griffin III, Athlete, Leader, Believer, by Ted Kluck

In this biography, Ted Kluck compiles statistics from many years of football’s running quarterbacks and compares those against Robert Griffin III as a rookie, trying to lead a struggling franchise to a winning season. He includes the NFL scouting and draft process, as well as a look at how the business of advertising endorsements influences a player’s popularity. As for telling the story of how Robert Griffin III became a talented standout among high school and college athletes, well, there is a lot to be desired.

I can sum up this review in one word: disappointment. I chose to read this book based on the title: Robert Griffin III, Athlete, Leader, Believer. I wanted to get to know the athlete. I wanted to read about strength, both physical and spiritual. I wanted to know what it takes to become a Heisman Trophy winner, and how RG3, as he’s become known, managed the pressure of being a stand out rookie and bringing the Washington Redskins a winning season.

Instead, what I read was a review of statistics on how the odds are stacked against Griffin because of his running ability as a quarterback. Most of the first 60 pages are dedicated to players who washed out before their prime. It seems Mr. Kluck’s purpose for writing this book was to speculate on whether or not Robert Griffin would make it past his rookie year, especially since Griffin ended the season with a knee injury.

For those football fans looking to compare player statistics, you’ll probably love this book. When not comparing quarterbacks, Kluck gives play by play recounts of the Redskins 2012 season and two appendices of other football jargon. If you’re looking for a biography of Robert Griffin III, you need to look elsewhere.

I received this book for free from in exchange for my honest review.