The 2012 NFL season was filled with plenty of impressive rookies with Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Doug Martin and Alfred Morris putting on a show every single week, but it was Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins that rose to the top of this extremely talent rookie class to take home the Rookie of the Year award.
Even though Griffin earned the regular season award and was able to lead the Redskins into the NFL playoffs as a result of winning the NFC East division title, the former Heisman trophy winner out of Baylor suffered a nasty season-ending injury against the Seattle Seahawks in the postseason.
Griffin re-injured the knee that forced him to miss some time during the end of the regular season while chasing a fumble against the Seahawks. Griffin clearly wasn’t the same player before going down with the injury, but wasn’t pulled by head coach Mike Shanahan and as a result has begun the extensive rehab process of bouncing back from a torn ACL.
Despite tearing his ACL and doubt being shed about next season, the Redskins remain confident that Griffin will be ready to go for the season opener according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com:
Although it is only a little more than a month since Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery, Washington Redskins officials are encouraged enough with his recovery to believe he has a legitimate chance to start in the 2013 opener, according to team and league sources.
Griffin far exceeded expectations in 2012 terrorizing opposing defenses on a weekly basis and resurrecting hope in Washington of a bright future with the young quarterback under center. Even though it appears that the Redskins have turned things around with Griffin at the helm and fellow rookie Morris coming out of the backfield, the major concern moving forward is whether or not Griffin will be able to stay healthy for the long haul.
Obviously, Griffin’s season was a sign of things to come for the Redskins with a mobile quarterback that can run and pass efficiently, but if the Baylor product can’t stay healthy, Griffin may become the next Michael Vick in terms of great potential and constant injury problems.