Washington Redskins RGIII to dedicate season to kid with Griffin's face on prosthetic leg (Photo)


Aug 13, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws the ball during afternoon practice as part of the 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While Robert Griffin III might not be thrilled with the Redskins overly cautious approach to his recovery, RGIII took a moment away from the field to meet with a young kid who has inspired the talented quarterback.

Rico Felix, a 13-year-old Skins enthusiast was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his right leg which has resulted in the young man continually being fitted for new prosthetic legs as he’s grown older. His most recent leg features the likeness of Griffin, who according to Redskins.com was left ‘speechless’ when he saw it:

When pressed to say what he thought of the very special tribute, all Robert could do was look at Rico and state the obvious.

“I’m speechless…I don’t know what I can say about that, except that it’s an honor.”

As for Felix, he says RGIII’s injury helped him deal with his operation, suggesting Griffin inspired him to be strong:

“He…he’s inspiring,” Felix said before meeting Robert. “When he got his leg surgery, it reminded me of me. See, as I grow, my bone grows, so I have to have a surgery. But he inspired me to get back up on my feet after I had surgery.”

Felix wasn’t the only person inspired by the meeting though as Griffin said he plans to dedicate the season to his young fan.

“To think that someone would think that much of me to put it on their leg,” Griffin III said, searching for words, “I don’t know what I can say about that. It’s an honor.”

The two locked gaze and shook hands one more time as the cameras gathered around. Then, at just the right moment, the words found Robert Griffin III.

“We’re gonna do it this year. We’re gonna do it for you.”


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