Robert Griffin III has already proven he can come back from a devastating knee injury and return to his elite self. After earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors at Baylor in 2008, he tore his ACL in the third game of his sophomore season and sat out the remainder of the year.
Two seasons later, RGIII went on to win the Heisman Trophy over Andrew Luck before being selected right behind Luck at No. 2-overall in the 2012 Draft.
He led Washington to the playoffs in his rookie season, but once again suffered a torn ACL. This time, it was during the Redskins’ season-ending loss to Seattle.
Just like at Baylor, Griffin hopes to return to his elite self once again.
However, unlike in college, RGIII seems to be giving himself seemingly no time with which to recover.
Griffin recently spent four days during team OTAs running and throwing passes. Apparently, that has left the superstar confident enough in his knee to lead him to believe that he will be ready to play at full strength by the start of the team’s training camp. That is far — far — earlier than the already early target date of Week 1 of the regular season.
“I feel a lot more comfortable,” he told the assembled reporters after Thursday’s practice. “I felt good today. That’s what I’m excited about after four-straight days.”
“Every day you want to feel better, and that’s how it’s been,” Griffin said. “…”It’s a mindset and how I’ve progressed. I feel a lot better. Training camp is two months away and I feel good about that.”
Most sports fans believe Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s remarkable return from a torn ACL to come within a mere nine yards of breaking the NFL all-time single season rushing record is standard procedure these days. That medical science has advanced that far.
While that simply is not the case — one needs to look no further than the recent example of Derrick Rose’s lost season — RGIII is feeling supremely confident.
Asked by a reporter if he would be taking snaps with the first team by training camp, Griffin winked, smiled, and responded with three words:
“Without a doubt.”