Obama offers “wise words” to injured QB RGIII

4/1/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

While President Barack Obama’s love for basketball is quite publically know, he shed some light on his know-how of another American sport on Saturday, offering some words of wisdom to the Washington Redskins’ young quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Both, President Obama and Robert Griffin III were at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament East Region final between Syracuse and Marquette on Saturday. As the two key political leader and public figurehead had a face-to-face conversation with each other after Syracuse won the matchup 55-39 against Marquette, President Obama’s sounded his concerns in agreement with Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan regarding Robert Griffin III’s health.
Robert Griffin III told the Washington Times that he had a “good conversation” with President Obama in which he offered some “wise words” about “protecting myself” better.
The 23-year-old Robert Griffin III is coming off a spectacular rookie season which unfortunately ended on the heels of knee injury. Robert Griffin III was injured twice while scrambling last season as he first suffered a concussion and then sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee.
Robert Griffin III had his second reconstructive knee surgery this January as Washington Redskins fans worry over the capacity to which he will return next season. So far the Washington Redskins have been very optimistic about his recovery.
But Mike Shanahan acknowledged at the NFL annual meetings last week that Robert Griffin III has to develop a better sense of when to throw the ball away and when to slide, in order to avoid unnecessary injuries and maintain his future health.
This wasn’t the first time President Obama has offered safety advice to a prominent NFC East quarterback. He told former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to pass along a message to Michael Vick last year during a fundraiser in Oakland.
“Tell Vick to slide," President Obama reportedly said.
While the fast-running quarterback Robert Griffin III has practically heard the same words come out of several different mouths by now, he tweeted that the President Obama’s advice was “much appreciated”, and will probably play next season with more smarts in terms of safety.
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