Robert Griffin III: 'I expressed my desire to continue playing'

Robert Griffin III says that he would have continued to play for the Washington Redskins if Mike Shanahan had decided he would allow it.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has stated that he intended to carry on playing for the remainder of the season.

Griffin's fitness had been a worry for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan all year long and a decision was taken on Wednesday to bench the 2012 Draft pick for the final three games.

However Griffin explained to the press that he would have been happy to continue suiting up and risking his knee to help the team.

He told reporters: "I'm sure everyone knows by now coach decided to shut me down for the rest of the season. I expressed my desire to play but he explained to me his reasoning, and at the end of the day, coach's decision is what we go by.

"In times like these, you have to lean on what you've been taught in life. My parents, being two military parents, taught me to respect authority. I have to respect what coach says."

The Redskins are currently sitting in last spot of the NFC East with a 3-10 record.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at FedExField on December 8, 2013
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