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Robert Griffin III may have been dubbed "black Jesus" and "Redskins Jesus" during his NFL debut, but after the second consecutive loss for the team took place on Sunday, the rookie Washington Redskins quarterback has made it clear that he is relying on God to show him the road to victory.
While Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin did a good job in a 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the team seemed to be struggling with four of their defensive starters sitting out of the game due to either injuries or suspension.
The offense didn't seem to fare too much better, with left tackle Trent Williams having to sit out a portion of the game with a first-quarter knee injury and Griffin getting sacked five times. However, Griffin refused to feel sorry for himself or his team.
Instead, the 22-year-old chose to look at his team's early season struggles as trials sent by God.
"The one thing I continue to tell myself and the team is that God doesn't put you through trials to see if you are going to fall, he sees how you are going to respond," Griffin said in a post-game conference Sunday. "And for us, it's about responding."
Griffin seemed to reiterate his point when he re-tweeted a message from 23-year-old Washington Redskins safety Jordan Bernstine.
"When faced with adversity is when true character and faith is tested," Bernstine wrote in a message that also appeared on Griffin's Twitter page. The tweet included the hashtags "#staypositive #keepbelieving."
In the press conference after the Redskins loss on Sunday, Griffin showed appreciation for his fans and vowed to give them a better show.
"The fans definitely showed up and showed out for us. Great vibe for us, but we need to give them a better showing," Griffin said. "I know we scored 31 points, but we didn't win the game. The bottom line is the fans showed up so we need to show up as well and get the W."