When Robert Griffin III was put under anesthesia on Jan. 9, the Redskins quarterback still had hope that his ACL would not need to be repaired for a second time in four years.
That hope, however, was dashed when he woke up in the hospital several hours later.
“The tough part about it was I went into surgery not knowing what was wrong,” Griffin told reporters Thursday in his first news conference with local reporters since Jan. 6. “I knew I was going to have to get my LCL repaired. Looking at the MRIs and everything, we couldn’t really tell if my ACL needed to be repaired. I’ve been through this before, so I know if you have a patella tendon graft on the same knee, you can’t get it from the same knee [again]. So I knew when I got put to sleep that if I woke up and felt [soreness] in my left knee that I had surgery on my [right] ACL.”
“So I woke up – the nurse didn’t notice that I was up – and I felt my left leg,” Griffin continued. “I went back to sleep because I didn’t want to have to deal with it at that time. And yeah, it’s tough for me to talk about it. It’s one of the things I get emotional about.”
In the recovery room, Griffin sobbed. So did his family and everyone else who was present.
“As we finished our little cry festival, I put the date of the first [game] in my phone,” Griffin said. “And that was my goal since then."
Griffin also hinted that his ACL was not completely torn.
Dr. James Andrews “said he looked at it for 15 minutes and he couldn’t tell what he needed to do,” Griffin said. “He said if I was 40, and I wasn’t going to play football anymore and I might play a pick up game of basketball here and there, I wouldn’t have needed the surgery on my ACL. But because of the player that I am and the kind of game that I can play, he went ahead and did it for me because he felt it would need it.”