There aren’t many words strong enough to describe the rookie season of Robert Griffin III. Amazing might do the trick, or record breaking, dominating, captivating, but after tearing both his ACL and LCL in a first round playoff loss in 2012, RG3 has found himself described by yet another powerful word.
That’s the word Dr. James Andrews used to describe the star quarterback’s recovery after reconstructive surgery on January 9th of this year.
Sports most acclaimed doctor even went as far as to call RG3 a “superhuman”, comparing him to the likes of Bo Jackson and, most recently, Adrian Peterson who suffered a similar injury near the end of 2011 only to come within nine yards of breaking the single-season rushing record in 2012.
“They have an unbelievable ability to recover,” Dr. Andrews said, “where as a normal human being may not be able to recover.”
For the millions of RG3 fans across the nation, that’s great news. And to make things better, Dr. Andrews also stated that Griffin’s recovery is “way ahead of schedule” and reports are that the Washington Redskins franchise quarterback is spending between six and eight hours a day rehabbing and training his reconstructed knee. That’s the kind of work ethic and determination that took Peterson from the surgical table to the best back in the league only a year ago.
That’s not to say that Griffin will return to dominance like Peterson did in 2012. He likely won’t even be at 100% when opening week comes around—Peterson wasn’t—but for the droves of fans who held their breath when their favorite quarterback’s knee buckled horribly only a few months ago, it’s a good sign that the 23-year-old second overall pick will at least be ready to play come week 1 of his sophomore campaign.
With the NFC Rookie of the Year award under his belt, that could mean another explosive season.