By Zachary “Yogi” Yoggerst
Robert Griffin III, also known as RG3, is an amazing athlete. He is 6’2” and weighs 217 pounds. His fastest 40 yard dash is 4.41 seconds. In college, RG3 competed for the Baylor Bears in both football and track and field. In football, RG3 was a dual threat; he could beat defenders with his arm and his speed. He quickly caught the attention of NFL scouts while playing at Baylor. Holding up the Heisman Trophy sealed his spot in professional football.
?RG3 was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, where he was chosen by the Redskins of Washington D.C. Despite the very high expectations, RG3 did not disappoint. He threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first season. As if that wasn’t enough, he also ran for 815 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and made it onto the 2012 Pro Bowl team.
?Everything looked great for RG3. He had fame. He had money. He was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL after his first season. So, what is the problem? Well, RG3 sustained an injury in the 2012 playoffs. It happened during the wildcard game against the Seattle Seahawks. RG3 was in a lot of pain throughout the game. It seemed as if he had only one good leg, but he stayed in the game despite this. He wanted to win at all costs, and in the end it cost him dearly. He ended up damaging both his LCL and ACL on a bad play late in the game. The media was all over this injury, blaming it on multiple people: Coach Mike Shanahan for not taking him out, RG3 for not coming out of the game, and RG3’s doctor for not forcing him to come out of the game. Surgery to repair his knee took place on January 9, 2013 and he promised that he would be ready to play by week one. His fans had no idea if he would come back the same RG3 that amazed them in his first season.
?Eight months went by and the first game of the season for the Redskins was against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 10th. The stage was set. RG3 ran out of the tunnel running across the field with a Redskins flag in his hands. The fans went crazy at the sight of their franchise quarterback looking healthy and ready to play. They expected to see the same RG3 of last season. But, what they actually saw was a complete disaster. RG3 played one of the worst games of his life. He hobbled around trying to make plays, but he just couldn’t. Every defender seemed to hit RG3 at some point. He wasn’t as quick, explosive, or ready as everyone hoped. Every throw floated instead of quickly getting to the correct wide receiver. The Redskins lost 33-27. RG3 ended the game with two touchdown passes, but only 24 rushing yards. With this performance, the recovering RG3 has his fans questioning. Will he ever be the same? Only time will tell.