It is true that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason. It is also true that the timing of the injury could not have been worse because it forced him to miss a lot of practice and all four preseason games. Despite all of that, expect to see Griffin be awarded the NFL 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.
“Man, he’s just so different,” tight end Fred Davis said, according to the Washington Post. “He has the type of mental strength to come back and be confident right away with whatever he’s doing. . . . To be honest about it, the surprise wouldn’t be if Robert plays like Robert. The surprise would be if he didn’t.”
The second-year player has the country’s capital buzzing about all of the possibilities that lie ahead during the 2013 season. Some people are not buying into Griffin’s ability to come back and lead the team to greatness. Meanwhile, others believe he has what it takes to have an immediate impact.
Obviously, it will not be easy to show that the injury is not an issue, especially with the Redskins playing two quality opponents in the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers for the first two weeks of the season. With that being said, Griffin has overcome odds before to show that he can rise up and be great.
Griffin has shown teammates in practice that not only has he recovered from the injury, but also that he has full control of the quarterback position. He understands the offense like the back of his hand and knows how to read defenses better than ever. The mental game will be up to par with the physical game, which makes Griffin a very dangerous quarterback for opponents.
“You guys [the media] aren’t out there [at practice], but let me just tell you this: He looks damn good,” fullback Darrel Young told the Washington Post. “The way he’s moving around, making plays, he’s full go with everything.”
Griffin will have some competition for Comeback Player of the Year. However, if he can find a way to outdo his performance from last season then he should be a lock for the award.