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RGIII Documentary Will Win Over America’s Heart

by Chris Lingebach
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Robert Griffin III wears an "Operation Patience" t-shirt prior to kickoff. (credit: Sky Kerstein/106.7 The Fan)

Robert Griffin III wears an “Operation Patience” t-shirt prior to kickoff. (credit: Sky Kerstein/106.7 The Fan)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – There’s a plethora of RGIII-related bits of news to celebrate on this positive Wednesday, all of which can be curiously tied back to ESPN.

One, Griffin will reportedly suit up for Monday Night Football next week, taking the starting snaps in the Redskins season-opener against the Eagles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Conveniently, this news came the morning following the premiere of RGIII’s documentary “RGIII: The Will To Win” Tuesday evening, on ESPN.

So much time has passed since January 6, when RGIII awkwardly fell to the depleted turf at Fed Ex Field, in the Redskins’ 24-14 playoff loss to Seattle, and yet we all only know what we’ve read; a careful selection of news we’ve been afforded by both Griffin and the team.

After being starved for insight, this fan base has learned quickly to devour every soundbite, every block quote, and every picture, as though it’ll be the last piece of info received. D.C. media is not exempt from this nourishment-inhibited behavior.

That unfiltered insight finally came in the way of “The Will To Win.” Robert Griffin III laid down the body armor and let fans into his heart, beginning from the moment he fell to the ground, body lying motionless, ball hovering eternally around the six yard line, and hearts stirring with fear all around.

“I knew the ball was behind me,” Griffin said in the film. “I was in so much pain I couldn’t even reach for the ball.”

He hadn’t been made aware of the extent of his injuries, a blindness which carried through the surgery right up to the moment he awoke.

“The one injury most athletes do not want to have is a torn ACL,” Griffin said. “And I knew if I felt my left knee, they had done my ACL because they have to take the patella graft from the opposite knee. I woke up, looked down at my leg, felt a bandage on my left knee and I went back to sleep, because I didn’t want to have to deal with it.”

It’s been well-documented that Griffin shed a tear upon finally reawakening, overcome by the love and emotion of those in the room waiting for him – which included, but was not limited to Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, and his father.

“The guys in that room that I saw shed a tear for me let me know that it’s not just about the money, it’s not just about the team and the organization, that they truly care about me,” Griffin said. “It’s something I’ll never forget but I feel like I let all of them down. I feel like I let my teammates down. I feel like I let the fans down, because it’s my job to make sure that I’m healthy.”

And as reported last week, those watching in the D.C. area were treated to the familiar sound of Wale, with his brand new track “RGIII: No Pain No Gain” running underneath at points.

For Redskins fans, this was your official reemergence into the national spotlight, your reintroduction to ESPN airwaves, and reaffirmation that all is well in the world or Robert Griffin III and his franchise-altering knee.

“RGIII: The Will To Win” re-airs Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. on ESPN 2.

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