Other than fans of NFC East teams not named the Washington Redskins, ESPN's documentary Will to Win, centered on quarterback Robert Griffin III, should get fans jacked over the possibilities of the coming season.
Shoot, even Dallas Cowboys fans might feel some excitement. Griffin, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, possess the kind of transcendent and exciting skill set that is captivating to watch for fans of any team.
The 23-year-old put the NFL world on notice from his very first game during his rookie season as he torched the New Orleans Saints defense for 320 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added another 42 yards rushing on nine carries.
The rest of the season provided much of the same for Griffin as he finished the year with a quarterback rating of 102.4 and threw 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions. However, his season came to a tough end as Griffin's knee gave out in the playoffs.
Griffin tore multiple ligaments in his knee, received surgery and quickly went to work on getting back onto the field. Much of that process is covered in ESPN's entertaining documentary.
After watching the documentary, I'm convinced Griffin is ready for a season that continues the shattering process of perceived recovery timetables for this type of injury, which Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson started last year.
Here's a little glimpse of Griffin from Will to Win:
Griffin was doing activities in this documentary that wore my knee out while I watched from my couch. The sight of Griffin attacking drills with tenacity and explosiveness adds supreme credence to recent reports of his recovery.
As ESPN's John Keim points out, in a recent interview on ESPN 980 radio in Washington, Griffin had this to say on his recovery:
I would say I'm 100 percent, but you can't put a number on it. No one ever knows when they are 100 percent or what percentage they're playing at. The biggest thing is, I'm not below 100 percent.
There is a chance, according to The Associated Press (via Fox News), that he will be given the green light to play in the regular-season opener, and I wouldn't be surprised if he does. Watching him move around in this documentary, it is impossible to tell anything is wrong with his knee.
However, even more than any shots of Griffin rehabbing, what shouts his massive potential for a big season is his commitment to football and training.
By all appearances, the charismatic Griffin is intensely driven to succeed on the football field. It is apparent that his already massive success has not quelled his drive to succeed.
Evidence of this can be found throughout the documentary, but there may be no better example than the recounting of Griffin's bachelor party. The day after Griffin's party, he was at the UNLV campus working out. He said he had not gotten any sleep that night, and it was easy to believe.
No one would have blamed Griffin for taking this one day off from his rehab—except for maybe Griffin himself. He is not going to let an opportunity to improve slip past him.
While this fun documentary is packed with plenty of other aspects, it is Griffin's attitude toward his recovery and the shots of him working out that are the lasting image. And that image has me ecstatic over the rapidly approaching football season.
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