Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is hoping to be fully recovered from his torn ACL in time for the start of the season, so it should come as no surprise that he is reaching out to a player who is very familiar with coming back from an injury and then playing at an elite level. Griffin told the Washington Post that he has consulted with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to get some advice about recovery.
“I talked to Adrian Peterson,” said Griffin. “That’s the obvious one.”
Griffin understands that bodies of individual athletes are completely different, so he can’t expect a recovery identical to Peterson’s. Griffin is also familiar with how his body previously recovered from an ACL tear, so he is drawing on his on experiences as well.
“I’ve already been through the injury once,” Griffin said. “I’m not all-knowing about the injury so I listen to guys. You know, Adrian said what everyone else said. I’m not Adrian. Adrian’s not me. Everybody’s body heals a little bit differently. Rex [Grossman, the Redskins’ third-string quarterback] also tore an ACL in his career. He’s talked to me about the uncertainties that he had with the injury.
“My view is always, even from the first one, you come back like you were never hurt because that’s the only way you can play. You don’t play the game afraid to get hurt. You play the game like you’re supposed to be invincible, while at the same time being smart and sliding and all the other stuff.”
It is great to see that Griffin understands that he will need to play smarter when he makes to return to the field and it has to be welcomed news to Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
Griffin’s style of play is exciting and he has created a lot of buzz for the Redskins fan base, so hopefully he can get back to his pre-injury form and continue to be the star that the Redskins hoped he would be when they gave up multiple first-round draft picks to select him out of Baylor.