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Redskins' Griffin stands by latest social media post, references his '1.1 million' followers

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ASHBURN, Va. - Robert Griffin III on Thursday stood by his latest retort against naysayers and said he has no plans to shut down his social media presence, pointing out that "there are 1.1 million people on Twitter" interested in what he has to say.

Griffin regularly rebuffs doubters on Twitter and Facebook, but the Washington Redskins quarterback's latest words were more defiant than usual.

"They doubted in High School ... They doubted a turnaround at Baylor ... They doubted a Heisman was possible ... Keep doubting. It's nothing New. Because at the end of the day, in the Griffin Household we read Philippians 4:12-13."

Asked to explain the post, Griffin said: "As far as I'm concerned, I said what I needed to say. It is what I believe, and what our household deems necessary to go out every day and be successful."

Griffin has always appeared sensitive to criticism. Speaking about the quarterback earlier this year, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said: "He doesn't like negative publicity. ... He wants everybody to love Robert."

Asked if he has considered shutting down social media to avoid negative feedback, Griffin referenced his 1.17 million followers.

"To each his own. There are 1.1 million people on Twitter that want to hear what the quarterbacks and guys have to say," he said. "And it's not that we tweet all the time, but anytime we tweet something it gets blown up, but it is what it is.

"We spend a lot of our day focused on football, so when we get a chance to unwind, whether it's watching reality TV or being on Twitter for five minutes in a day, that's not subtracting what we're doing on the field or in the film room."

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