Predicting Robert Griffin III will “set a record for coming back,” Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is thrilled with the star quarterback’s recovery 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.
“He’s over at the facility, rehabbing all of the time,” said Shanahan, 60, who became Washington’s 24th head coach in January 2010. “He’ll set a record for coming back because that’s how hard he works.”
Realizing he was needlessly, and somewhat irresponsibly, hurrying RG3, Shanahan wisely tempered expectations.
“He is ahead (of schedule), but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at. He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”
Although Kim Kardashian’s wet dream is an athletic marvel, Griffin remains a normal human being healing from a severe wound.
RG3, the first rookie field general 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 under center 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.
Nevertheless, Robert Griffin III should never, ever “come back until he’s 100 percent.”by