Griffin said in an interview he thinks he’s at the top of his game, but also recognizes he has to go out and prove it.

Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls, Aaron Rodgers is the reigning MVP and Peyton Manning holds almost every major passing record imaginable. But according to Robert Griffin III, they aren’t the best quarterbacks in football.

He is.

In an interview with WJLA Sunday, Washington’s QB said he is optimistic as he enters his fourth professional season, even though he has failed to replicate the success he enjoyed as a rookie in 2012.

“I know I’m the best quarterback on this team,” Griffin said. “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that.”

It’s nice to see the confidence from Griffin, whose career has been mired with controversy and injury ever since he won the Rookie of the Year Award. He tore his ACL in a wild card game against the Seahawks three seasons ago, and suffered a disclosed ankle in Week 2 last year. All the while, he engaged in a seemingly yearlong feud with head coach Mike Shanahan in 2013.

But there is a difference between confidence and outrageous hyperbole. Given how poorly Griffin compares to the real top quarterbacks in the league, this statement falls into the latter category.

Tm G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD ▾ Int Rate Sk Y/A W L T
Peyton Manning DEN 48 48 1245 1839 67.7 14863 131 36 107.8 56 8.08 38 10 0
Drew Brees NOR 48 48 1324 1979 66.9 15291 115 48 99.3 92 7.73 25 23 0
Aaron Rodgers GNB 41 41 905 1362 66.45 11212 94 19 108.9 100 8.23 29 12 0
Tony Romo DAL 46 46 1071 1618 66.19 12436 93 38 98.6 100 7.69 28 18 0
Tom Brady NWE 48 48 1154 1847 62.48 13279 92 28 94.4 88 7.19 36 12 0
Philip Rivers SDG 48 48 1095 1641 66.73 12370 89 44 96 115 7.54 25 23 0
Ben Roethlisberger PIT 45 45 1067 1641 65.02 12478 86 31 97.5 105 7.6 26 19 0
Matt Ryan ATL 48 48 1276 1894 67.37 13928 86 45 94.1 103 7.35 23 25 0
Andrew Luck CLT 48 48 1062 1813 58.58 12957 86 43 86.6 100 7.15 33 15 0
Andy Dalton CIN 48 48 1001 1595 62.76 11360 79 53 86.7 96 7.12 31 16 1
Robert Griffin WAS 37 35 679 1063 63.88 8097 40 23 90.6 101 7.62 14 21 0

(stats via Pro-Football-Reference.com)

Later in the interview, Griffin did concede that his resume doesn’t stack up to the greats at his position.

“Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be,” Griffin said. “There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”

But it is difficult to walk back from saying you’re the best quarterback in the game. If Griffin doesn’t want that quote thrown in his face all season long, he’ll have to rekindle his performance from his rookie season — and do it fast.