Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III has surprised even his doctors during his speedy recovery from major knee surgery.
Late Tuesday night, the Washington Redskins released a transcript via their official Facebook page of a text message from Robert Griffin III to ESPN reporter Trey Wingo. RG3 provided an update on his progress, his rehabilitation after knee surgery in January 2013 and his outlook on his return.
“My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I’m ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in week one but if I’m not ready then I will wait until I am, however long that is. My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself. I know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well. I’m looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative. Thanks for the overwhelming level of support that I’ve received, sic ‘em bears and hail to the redskins!!”
In breaking down his text message sentence by sentence, there are some interesting aspects to his wording and improved outlook.
So far we have only heard publicly from the Redskins' team doctor and orthopedist to the stars, Dr. James Andrews. It is reassuring to hear there are more doctors whose opinion RG3 values, not just Dr. Andrews.
Griffin has again had to backpedal from the Adidas campaign, "All in For Week 1," for which he is the spokesperson, saying, "but if I'm not ready then I will wait until I am, however long that is."
Redskins fans have been clamoring for RG3 to wait and not rush his return as many thought was the case toward the end of the regular season and NFC Wild Card Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
In his next sentence, RG3 is a bit elusive in what he really wants to say when he states, "My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself."
There appears to be some sort of blame, although it is difficult to decipher exactly who is to blame.
Later in his text, RG3 speaks of "the dilemma" and "all parties involved know their responsibilities as well." Again, there seems to be a hidden message here that Griffin is trying to express without actually saying what specifically he is referring to.
The "all parties" reference could be himself, Coach Mike Shanahan, team doctors or even those responsible for the poor condition of the field at FedEx Field.
In saying this, it comes across as a bit evasive, yet not exactly pointing a finger of blame at anyone in particular.
The second-to-last sentence again seems a bit cautious, and that may be because it is difficult to know what he refers to when he speaks of "not behind at the negative." This may or may not be pointing a finger of blame; therefore making it difficult to know exactly what he means to say.
In ending his message, RG3 again expresses enthusiasm and graciousness for the support he has received during his relatively short rehab stint—closing with the fan-favorite "Hail To The Redskins."
It is a good sign, nonetheless, to see the Redskins franchise quarterback optimistic and positive in the offseason following a serious knee injury that, had he been a multi-year veteran, could have been career-ending.
The overall message, tone and openness is reassuring for even the most cynical Redskins fan and certainly an unwelcome sign to NFC East teams, haters and future Redskins opponents.
Continued success and progress, RG3. When you're ready, your fans will welcome you back.