Comparing Washington’s field general to Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson, Dr. James Andrews called Robert Griffin III “superhuman” and said the quarterback is “way ahead of schedule” recovering from reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee.
The 23-year-old Griffin, rightfully named the Associated Press’ NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, sustained the injury when the Redskins fell to the upstart Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC Wild Card on January 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
The 70-year-old Andrews, who practices at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, is a surgeon renowned for working with athletes.
Nevertheless, just because Andrews reports that RG3 is “way ahead of schedule,” Griffin shouldn’t hurry and compromise his career to start in Week 1.
Although Kim Kardashian’s wet dream is an athletic marvel like Jackson and Peterson, Griffin remains a normal human being healing from a severe wound.
RG3, the first rookie QB since Dan Marino to earn an outright invitation to backup Aaron Rodgers for the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad, completed an impressive 65.6% of his throws for 20 touchdowns, against five interceptions, and 3,200 yards in 15 games.
The 6-foot-2, 217 pound Griffin, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Combine in February 2012, also rushed for 815 yards and seven scores last autumn.
Fortunately, although a tremendous scrambler, Griffin can flourish strictly as a pocket passer using his powerful arm.
The former Baylor University Bear, who established the NFL record for a rookie quarterback with a 102.4 rating, signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $21.1 million with the Redskins on July 18.
Subsequently, although demeaned as a “cornball brother” by bush league journalist Rob Parker, Griffin led Washington (10-6) to six consecutive victories and a playoff spot for the first time since the George W. Bush Administration in 2007.
Griffin will eventually mend, own the nation’s capital for the next decade and guide the Redskins to their first championship since the 1991 campaign.
However, not actually “superhuman,” Robert Griffin III shouldn’t approach a gridiron until his health is no longer even a topic.by