RG III better equipped to deal with situations following injury.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has revealed he will not repeat previous mistakes as he continues his comeback from injury.
In a 5,000-worded letter to President Barack Obama in ESPN The Magazine’s cover story, the 23-year-old acknowledges that the next time he has an injury similar to the one he suffered in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last year, he will take himself out of the game.
The letter addresses the premise that the two influential figures, in different senses, are similar in many ways, in terms of the hope that they provide for others and the manner in which people view them with every word and action that they produce being spoken about throughout the country and around the world.
Analysts believe it is a fascinating insight into the personality of RG III, but predictably the part that has everyone talking is his explanation of what he learnt from last season and whether or not he regretted staying in the game which ultimately led to multiple torn knee ligaments.
“Your survivor instinct kicks in. You’re like, I’m a warrior. I’m a beast. I do all these things, I can push through adversity,” he says in the ESPN The Magazine article.
However, despite his ego taking control and willing him through the pain barrier at the risk of further damage, Griffin goes on to reveal he has learnt the lesson and will take himself out of the game if he feels it is the right thing to do.
“If I had another incident like the Ngata hit, I’m out of the game. You pull yourself out at that point. You learn from your mistakes.
I don’t feel like playing against the Seahawks was a mistake. But I see the mistake in it. With what happened and how everything was running, you take me out. If that happened again next year, I’d come out of the game and sit until I was 100 percent healthy,” he concluded.
Following an incredible rookie season, Griffin appears to now appreciate the fact he has many, potentially successful, years ahead of him in the NFL, and will not jeopardise that in future.