Robert Griffin III is a transcendent cultural icon…and a pretty decent quarterback as well. For these reasons, I am writing a weekly Monday column in which I track/stalk his every movement during this highly publicized off-season. Whether he is rehabbing his knee or stretching it on the red carpet, you will find it here.
Week of June 10th
RG3, Redskins Make-A-Wish: Sarah Kogod of The Washington Post details the heart-warming story of the Redskins inviting an eight year old born with a chronic kidney disease to mini-camp. Lateef Brock signed a “one day contract” to spend the day with Griffin and the Redskins at practice. His contract stipulated that he would receive “unlimited candy”, another sign that Bruce Allen has gotten more creative with his salary cap maneuvering. Brock played catch with RG3, and scored a touchdown during practice on a running play. “I feel blessed that he chose me to be the guy he came out to practice with and hung out with,” Griffin said. “I don’t have any kids, but a lot of the coaches do and they say that when you have a kid, you get more sensitive to things that happen with little children.” ESPN filmed the practice and will air it as part of a Make-A-Wish series in August.
“Explosive sprinting:” At practice Tuesday, Griffin showed that he is now able to explosively sprint. In front of reporters and cameras, Griffin participated in sideline-to-sideline sprint drills. Cutting laterally was one of the final remaining hurdles in his recovery from ACL reconstruction in January. This continues the speculation that RG3 will be ready for Redskins camp in July. “I’ve said it a bunch a times- I’m pretty confident I’ll be ready.” Now that he is able to cut, Griffin can now fully focus on returning to game shape.
Tebow: The New England Patriots shocked the world this week by signing quarterback Tim Tebow to a two year contract. Consider RG3 among the people happy for the controversial star. “It’s good that someone stepped up and signed him,” Griffin told reporters Tuesday. “I wish the best for him…I always root for other quarterbacks.” I don’t question Griffin’s sincerity here, but I imagine there are at least a couple other reasons he is happy about the Tebow news:
1) It takes the spotlight off his knee rehab for at least a few minutes.
2) You KNOW Dan Snyder seriously considered bringing in Tebow to sell jerseys. What a nightmare that would have been.
and finally, it’s the RG3 Tweet of the Week:
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) June 13, 2013
That is indeed the face of an All-Star.