Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Associated Press offensive rookie of the year award on Saturday night.
Griffin spoke for the first time since undergoing knee surgery almost four weeks ago. He indicated that his rehabilitation is already ahead of schedule and he has "no doubt" he'll be ready to play next season.
Having undergone surgery on his right knee on January 9th, Griffin said he's walked without crutches for nearly two weeks and was walking Saturday with a very slight limp. He had no problem getting to the stage and receiving his award from New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
RGIII had made no public appearances since hurting his knee in the January 6th playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks and likened Saturday night to a "coming-out party," as he provided updates on his progress and his offseason optimism.
The quarterback didn't express any complaints about the devastating end to his first season. Coach Mike Shanahan visited him in Florida last month, but the two didn't talk about the decision to continue playing against Seattle on the injured knee.
Griffin has been rehabbing in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and has been participating in two sessions per day with specialists and then a third session alone at the hotel. He'll be visiting Ashburn this week and will split the balance of his rehab between the Washington area and Florida.
Knee rehabilitation is nothing new to Griffin, he went through it once before. He sat out most of his 2009 season at Baylor, recovering from surgery on the same knee. His familiarity with this process could prove helpful as he spends the offseason recovering.
If Griffin's rehab goes smoothly and he's ready to play by Week 1, his rookie season has set the bar high. In leading the Redskins to their first division championship in 13 seasons, Griffin connected on 258 of 393 passes for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and also ran for 815 yards (an NFL record for rookies) and seven touchdowns.
He beat out two other quarterbacks, Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and Seattle's Russell Wilson, to capture top offensive rookie honors. Griffin received 29 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members, significantly ahead of Luck's 11 and Wilson's 10.
Redskins' running back Mike Thomas won offensive rookie of the year in 1975. That was the last time a Redskin won the award.