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As far as quarterback ratings go, the top two signal callers last year were Green Bay Packer’s Aaron Rodgers and Denver Bronco’s Peyton Manning. Neither one comes as much of a surprise — besides the fact that Manning was coming off a neck injury, his record shows that he is one of the best of all time.
While the two signal callers above have been household names, the third on the list came as a bit of a surprise. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III finished the year with an astonishing quarterback rating of 102.4. He also tossed twenty touchdowns, ran for 815 yards and seven touchdowns and threw only five interceptions — the least of any full-time starter. He led the ‘Skins to a 10-6 record and brought them to their first playoff appearance since 2007.
Unfortunately, this was not the lasting image of Griffin’s rookie year. Fans all over had to watch the young standout hobble off his home field with a torn ACL in the wildcard round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
ACL injuries are said to take at least a year to fully heal, but players such as Minnesota Viking tailback Adrian Peterson proved that wrong last year — and then some – as he nearly broke the season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson. Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Peterson, called the Viking running back a “superhuman.”
That same doctor performed surgery on Griffin, and he says the same for him.
Peterson did not start in the Vikings’ first game last season, but he played often and had the same burst he always did — if not better. There is little to no doubt that Griffin will be playing when the Redskins open their season with the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9th.
Not only is there not much doubt that he will begin the season, but it’s difficult to imagine the former Heisman winner falling off at all.
Griffin may have to be smarter about his decision-making and should attempt to remain in the pocket unless it is absolutely necessary to take off, but may not be an issue. Griffin was one of the top pocket passers in the league last year and has proven that he can make big throws in big situations. If his leg holds up then who knows? Maybe last year’s rookie sensation will come back even better, as he already likely expects to.
It was difficult to watch Griffin go out the way he did, but his talent and drive makes him a favorable bet for the Comeback Player of the Year award at next year’s NFL awards ceremony.