Back in the NFC Wild Card game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, two of the best rookie quarterbacks went head-to-head in a highly anticipated playoff showdown.
Robert Griffin III was considered to be the better of the two quarterbacks in comparison to Russell Wilson and was recently award with the Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Griffin went down in that playoff game against the Seahawks with a torn ACL injury and an uncertain timetable for his return.
Fortunately for Griffin and the Redskins, the up-and-coming quarterback pledges to be back in time for Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season via Rich Campbell of The Washington Times:
Griffin also debuted his surgically repaired stride. And in doing so, he expressed the utmost confidence he will be at full health in time to quarterback the Redskins in their 2013 regular-season opener.
“No doubt in my mind,” he said.
With superstar running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings making an incredible comeback from the same injury during the 2012 campaign and putting up historic numbers earning him NFL MVP honors, Griffin appears to be more confident in an early return next season.
During the past season, Griffin burst onto the scene right out of the gate after being drafted by the Redskins with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The gamble the Redskins took with Griffin by trading up to acquire the former Heisman trophy winner paid off immediately and led to Washington ending the playoff drought.
The main concern for the Redskins moving forward is whether or not Griffin’s injuries will continue to be a problem and if the reigning Rookie of the Year will be able to bounce back next season. Griffin remains confident and optimistic, but it remains to be seen if the Baylor product can stay healthy on the NFL level.