In an ESPN The Magazine cover story, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III admits he now sees "the mistake" he made by continuing to play injured in a game against Seattle.
Griffin suffered multiple injuries to his knee, and despite a remarkable offseason recovery, he still might not be ready to play in Week 1 of this upcoming season.
"I don't feel like playing against the Seahawks was a mistake, but I see the mistake in it," Griffin said in the article.
He first injured his right knee earlier in the season against the Baltimore Ravens. He remained in that game despite being hurt. And then when he reinjured the same knee in the first half of the postseason loss to Seattle, once again Griffin tried to play. In the fourth quarter he suffered multiple torn knee ligaments.
"Your survivor instinct kicks in," Griffin said in the article. "You're like, 'I'm a warrior. I'm a beast. I do all these things, I can push through adversity.'"
Looking back now, Griffin said he would do things differently and he would "sit until I was 100 percent healthy."
The cover story is written as a letter to President Barack Obama where Griffin compares himself to the president.
"He's not a normal person," Griffin said of Obama. "I'm not a normal person. It's fun when two abnormal people can be normal."