It almost sounds familiar to DC sports fans...
The Washington Wizards were flying high once too (believe it or not). They had just locked up the best record in the Eastern Conference for the 2006-07 regular season and headed into the All-Star break as an assumed NBA Finals contender. Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was the talk of the town, and the entire hopes of a basketball-rich city rested on his shoulders...Enter another knee...
There were several crazy factors involved in Gilbert's situation. He attempted several comebacks when not 100%. And in the end, Arenas was never the same again.
So why are DC athletes inclined to risk their careers for seemingly small moments of hopefully long careers? Is it because the fans are so starved for something to make them happy? The hope created by both of these athletes in DC was enormous, and each player seemed to love the fans who gave their everything to root on their heroes. It must be hard when thousands are counting on you.
Or does it have to do with the personality of the individual player? Is it selfishness? Is it a soldier-mentality? Is it heart?
No matter what the reason, it was clear that RG3 risked excess injury by coming back from injury too soon. An action that Gilbert Arenas repeated several times, transforming an NBA rising star into a guy who can't even finish a full season playing a million miles away in China.
Please Robert Griffin, do NOT become the next Gilbert...listen to your doctors. Come back when you are 100%. The fans will understand.