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Robert Griffin III says God caused ankle injury, then credits God for quick recovery


Robert Griffin III had a lot on his mind and plenty to say Wednesday during an appearance on D.C.’s ESPN 980. But perhaps most interesting was how the Washington Redskins quarterback brought up God in two instances. Once when describing the dislocated ankle he suffered during Week 2 of the team’s nightmare season and again when explaining how he was able to recover so quickly from the injury.

Saying that “it sucked” to suffer the injury so early on during Washington’s 2014 campaign, a setback that arguably derailed his entire season, Griffin acknowledged that it was a difficult experience to endure.

“When you dislocate your ankle in the second week of the season, when you and your team have big things in mind,” RG3 said, via D.C. Sports Bog. “It’s just getting healthy, getting the mental break getting a chance to spend time with family, and then formulate my plan going forward for this year and we can go out there and win games and be playing at this time next year.”

Discussing the ankle injury and how his horrible season culminated in a Week 12 benching by head coach Jay Gruden, Griffin said he leans on his faith to get him through tough times, even suggesting that the ankle injury may have been an act of divine intervention.

“For me, I rely heavily on my faith, and I feel like God allowed that to happen to me for a reason,” Griffin said. “It was to show me something, and yeah, it sucked. Nobody wants to have those things happen to them and we felt like we were going to be able to get on a roll after Jacksonville and put some wins together and have a much better season than we did. But the days after that, I had never suffered an ankle injury to that severity before, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Griffin also said, when discussing how he can become a better quarterback, that he credits God for his ability to heal so quickly following the devastating injury that otherwise should have kept him off the field longer (he returned for a Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings).

“For me, what I’ve learned is, at times like these you have to focus in on yourself a whole lot harder and that’s what I’ve tried to do,” Griffin said. “I’ve tried to figure what I can do to be more consistent, go out there and play the game that you love, the way that you know how to play it. Also for me, it’s to stay healthy so I don’t have to fight back from these injuries, because I know, as of late, I’ve made a habit of coming back from these injuries faster than other people. But that’s not by design, that’s because God has allowed me to do that.”

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