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Robert Griffin III Upset After Right Knee Surgery: "Real Men Cry"

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RGIII On Surgery: "Real Men Cry"

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As I mentioned earlier, Robert Griffin III addressed the media for the first time on team property since the end of last season Thursday, and as one would expect, he had a lot to say during his 20-minute press conference.

In the first of what surely will be many installments breaking down Griffin's presser (DISCLAIMER: I'm sorry), he shared the experience of his right knee surgery with the throng of reporters that descended upon Ashburn Thursday.

 According to RGIII, he actually didn't realize that he had his ACL reconstructed until after he woke up from what was originally scheduled to be LCL surgery. 

"The tough part about it honestly was I went into surgery not knowing what was wrong," he said. "I knew I was going to have to get my LCL repaired, but 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 patellar tendon graft on the same knee, you can't get it from the same knee, so I knew when I got put to sleep if I woke up and felt my left knee that I had surgery on my ACL.

"So I woke up -- the nurse didn't notice I was up -- and I felt my left leg. 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 because it was tough at that time. I woke back up and told everybody who was there in that room with me, and it was tough. That's the easiest way to say it.

"Yeah, I cried. Real men cry, doesn't matter. And I moved on. As soon as we finished our little cry festival, I put the date of the first week in my phone and that was my goal since then."


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