John Wall extends encouragement to Robert Griffin III

January 10, 2013

John Wall is close to returning from his left knee injury and making his season debut. But like many area residents, Wall was also concerned about the most talked about right knee in Washington.

Before Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral collateral ligament and reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament, Wall reached out to offer encouragement to his friend.

“I texted him and told him I hope he have a speedy recovery, that the whole D.C. is behind him,” Wall said. “It’s a tough situation to see him go through, especially the same ACL injury as before, but we believe in him, and he did a heck of a job this year as their quarterback.”

Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, has known Griffin since meeting him on his recruiting visit at Baylor when he was a highly recruited senior and Griffin was a freshman. He came out to support Griffin for his regular season home debut at FedEx Field last September and has followed closely his fabulous rookie campaign.

Griffin attended the Wizards’ 105-101 upset of the defending champion Miami Heat on Dec. 4 and sat in owner Ted Leonsis’s courtside seats.

The Wizards were unable to watch Griffin get injured since they were busy losing 99-71 to the Miami Heat while the Redskins lost in their playoff game, 24-14, against the Seattle Seahawks. But Wall has since seen the gruesome injury that threatens to cost Griffin at least part of the 2013 season.

“I heard about it,” Wall said, “and it looked kind of nasty.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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