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Who’s responsible for RG3′s injury?
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-Due to Coach Mike Shanahan confirming at a Monday press conference that Robert Griffin III will be the starter in Week One against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, we, at Black Athlete.net, felt that this previous article about RG3′s injury should be re-published.
Life is precious.
But, football is unpredictable.
Because, with one play, one hit, careers can come to a drastic end.
Regardless of the protection, the rules, the weight-lifting, the practice or the talent, injuries chase players in all positions, on defense and offense, across the field in order to inflict pain on their bodies.
With that said, as Washington’s Hope hobbled out of the huddle after being sacked for a 12 yard loss, the fans in Landover, Maryland lost all hope and became hopeless, when they saw their Heisman quarterback’s knee buckle as he awkwardly planted his leg in the ground after trying to retrieve a bad snap from center Will Montgomery.
As Griffin collapsed to the ground, silence filled the air and the crowd held its breath in disbelief.
And even though, the fans applauded RG3′s courageousness for bravely refusing to quit while being wounded as he walked off the field without assistance, they all, truthfully, wished he had taken himself out of the game like Chicago’s QB Jay Cutler did against Green Bay in the NFC title game in 2011.
Believe me, they wouldn’t have questioned his toughness or ridiculed his decision to stand on the sideline in order to prevent further damage to his knee, which was already being held up by a leg brace.
With their fallen hero out of the starting line-up, it was too late, however for another heroic late-game comeback from backup QB Kirk Cousins, who threw a Hail Mary touchdown pass while at Michigan State that shattered then Wisconsin’s quarterback Russell Wilson’s Heisman dreams on Oct 22, 2011 .
With Griffin’s injury, the football club of Washington, DC seems to be cursed with bad luck, ever since Doug Williams, who is the only Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, accomplished this monumental feat in 1988 against the Denver Broncos.
Seriously, Washington has had a serious problem keeping a good quarterback.
To refreshen your memory, there has been Mark Rypien, Heath Shuler, Gus Frerotte, Jeff Hostetler, Trent Green, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Mark Burnell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, and John Beck.
Plus, many other bad QB’s in between.
Robert Griffin III, however, was suppose to provide the stablity the organization needed.
The Blame Game
But with his latest injury, the blame game has begun.
Therefore, should the fans in the District of Columbia blame owner Dan Synder for not changing the Washington Redskins’ name, which current DC Major Vincent C.Gray recently suggested he do?
Besides, everybody knows the name is racist and offensive to the Indigenous people, who once occupied this land. (Read my article Thanksgiving Touchdowns: From Columbus to Cowboys and Redskins on BASN)
Hell, even crazy comedian Katt Williams knows that.
Comedically, should Washington fans blame ESPN’s former columnist Rob Parker, who was recently fired for questioning RG3′s blackness and calling him a “cornball” brother.
Maybe, Parker put a hex on him. (I am just kidding)
Or maybe, fans from Washington, should blame team physician and renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, for giving Griffin a clean bill of health to play after he suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the LCL on Dec.9 against the Baltimore Ravens, even though he denied it.
Or, maybe, they should blame the grounds crew for Robert Griffin III’s knee injury
Because, everybody, including Seahawks coach Peter Carroll complained about how “horrible” the field conditions were at FedEx field during the wildcard game.
“It was as bad as a field could get for being dry.” Carroll told KIRO-AM in Seattle.
“And it’s too bad. It’s really too bad, and we deserve better. … It was worn out. There was a lot of slipping and all that kind of stuff.”
Despite everybody pointing fingers, the person deserving the most blame is head coach Mike Shanahan, who has given no reason why he didn’t take Griffin out of the game and replace him with Kirk Cousins.
Or, why he continued to run the pistol offense, knowing that Griffin was not 100 percent.
Injury, rehab and recovery
With the injury, Griffin, after surgery and an extensive rehabilitation program, could possibly miss the entire 2013 season or at least part of it.
For the record, this is RG3′s second time, in his career, that he has torn his right ACL.
The first time, it occurred, was in 2009, while he was at Baylor University.
While Griffin may be suffering physically and psychologically from his ACL injury, he can gain encouragement and inspiration from Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson, who came back, it seemed, stronger and faster this season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last Christmas Eve, oddly, against Washington, when he was hit from the side by safety DeJon Gomes.
Fortunately for RG3, as Peterson has proven, this type of injury no longer means a player’s career is over.
Matter of fact, doctors generally say that it takes most athletes with knee injuries similar to Griffin’s about six to nine months after surgery to recuperate.
Hopefully, RG3 will be back with the same quickness and accuracy.
Because, if he doesn’t, the only thing in Washington to cheer for will be the Washington Wizards without John Wall.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where received a B.A. in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Radio & Television, and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his reports appear daily along with his controversial cartoon in the Bobbee Bee The Hater. Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org