Griffin expects emotional return on Monday

Griffin expects emotional return on Monday
September 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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RG3 on his emotions heading into MNF

Five days from now, Robert Griffin III will stand in the tunnel at FedEx Field, preparing to lead the Redskins onto the turf for the season opener.

And, in that moment, he expects to be overwhelmed. He might even get a bit emotional.

“It’s going to be tough,” Griffin said Wednesday. “I don’t think there are going to be any tears. If there are, they’ll be tears of joy.”

Eight months ago, Griffin woke up in a hospital room in Florida to the realization that he had undergone a second ACL reconstruction in four years. Monday night, he’ll be announced as the Redskins’ starting quarterback as 85,000 fans chant his initials and fireworks explode above the stadium.

“It’s been a long journey,” he added. “It’s been an adventure. It’s been fun. You don’t necessarily want to go on the journey that I had to go on this offseason, but you try to enjoy it along the way, hit those milestones. To come out of that tunnel, with the team, on Monday night, is going to be a great moment, not only for me, for the fans, my teammates who have seen me work as hard as I have this whole offseason to get back out there.”

Although Griffin says he doesn’t expect to shed any tears, he's already warned his teammates that he’s going to need their support.

“They’ll be there to help me manage my emotions,” he said. “I’ve told them that I’m going to need them for that because it’s going to be tough to know how to feel in that moment. We’ll work on it all together and we’ll be all right.”