On Feb. 2, Rookie of the Year 2013 was named and Robert Griffin III won that coveted title, making this Washington Redskins quarterback the toast of his town. According to Bleacher Report, the DC player was predicted to narrowly beat other football greats like Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson and Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck.
But RGIII prevailed, putting his name on a major Washington Post headline that talked about his injured knee, claiming that rehab is going better than anticipated. Because he is on the mend ahead of schedule, Griffin claims he is positive he is "ready to play next season."
The quarterback had right knee surgery early last month and is already walking even though he tries to stifle a slight limp. But that didn't deter the football player from mounting the Big Easy's landmark Majalia Jackson Theater stage in a victorious manner to accept the Rookie of the Year 2013.
He accepted the honor from Drew Brees, saying that he was blessed to be up there "...able to stand."
This was the quarterback's first public appearance since he hurt his knee while playing for the Washington Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6 during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. This happened during a bad snap in the fourth quarter, taking Griffin out of the game.
Fast forward to Saturday's ceremony which the athlete dubbed his "coming-out party." During this special outing, RGIII promised that next season he'll be different than he was when the injury took him out of the game.
Griffin said in his acceptance speech, "...I’ll come back a better player...You won’t see the same Robert Griffin. You’ll see a better Robert Griffin."
So, with these words of optimism offered by the Rookie of the Year 2013, Robert Griffin III proudly talked to the star-studded masses in his presence in New Orleans. While doing so, he took his place in history, making this rugged individual not only a star football player but a bona fide celebrity who is definitely the pride of Washington, D.C.