When the news came out that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had been cleared by doctors to appear at the NFL Honors ceremony, which aired on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, questions surfaced about whether or not he would be aided by crutches.
With surgery on his right knee to repair ACL and LCL damage just three weeks ago, to see Griffin III out and about would have been encouraging. Even if he were to use crutches, just the fact that his recovery and subsequent rehabilitation was moving forward would have been promising.
A much welcome sight for sore eyes for any fan of the first-year quarterback and the future leader on offense.
Griffin III won the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, securing more than half of the votes over fellow rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
When his name was announced, RG3 rose from his seat, without crutches, and walked up the steps to the podium to accept the award—he seemed cautious and low-key. He ambled up the steps one at a time and did not appear to have much of a limp, but he was slightly favoring his right side.
I thought of several songs they could have played during his walk that would have been appropriate—country band Alabama's "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down" was one, and, for some reason, the theme song from the movie Rocky III, "Eye of the Tiger" by the band Survivor, came to mind.
The lyrics would have been quite fitting—cheesy as all get out, but fitting nonetheless.
In his remarks, his humility was classic RG3 as he mentioned the other young quarterbacks and his teammate, Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who were all nominated for the award.
I certainly think the other nominees were glad to see their fellow rookie, not necessarily accepting the award, but walking, talking and smiling in such a short time after his surgery.
It certainly is a reminder that the night's 2012 NFL MVP and Fantasy Football Player of the Year, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, had the same procedure performed on his left knee one year ago by the same orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.
RG3 will continue his rehabilitation in Gulf Breeze, Fla., located in the upper northwest portion of the state near Pensacola—meeting with specialists twice a day and one session on his own.
Griffin said he will not only be a different player in 2013, he will be a better player. And, as a 22-year-old who faced surgery on the same knee just three years ago, I think we can believe him.