Roughly six weeks after Washington’s field general underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews said rehabilitating quarterback Robert Griffin III is “way ahead of schedule” and the Redskins often need to “hold him back.”
The 23-year-old Griffin, rightfully named the Associated Press’ NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earlier this month, 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.
“We’ve got him well on his way,” said Andrews, 70, who practices in Birmingham, Alabama at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. “He’s an unbelievable athlete, as you well know. His recovery is way ahead of schedule so far. We don’t have to do much but try to hold him back, if you want to know the truth.”
Although Kim Kardashian’s wet dream is a physical freak like Adrian Peterson, Griffin, who completed an impressive 65.6% of his throws for 20 touchdowns, against five interceptions, and 3,200 yards in 15 games, will not hurry and “compromise” his career to start in the 2013 opener.
Fortunately, in addition to being a tremendous scrambler who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Combine in February 2012, Griffin can flourish as a classic pocket passer strictly 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 being labeled 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.
“If you want to know the truth,” regardless of the severity of the wound, Robert Griffin III is “an unbelievable athlete” who will recover “way ahead of schedule,” own the nation’s capital for the next decade, and eventually guide the Washington Redskins to their first championship since the 1991 campaign.by