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Column: Griffin case textbook example of what's wrong with NFL

Robert Griffin III made very few mistakes in his rookie season with the Washington Redskins until, with the acquiescence of his coach and apparently his doctor, he made an enormous one.

He began to think of himself as indispensable. As a result he might be facing the possibility that he is exactly the opposite because of an injury this misjudgment brought about.

His is a textbook example of what is wrong with professional football when those in charge fore-go their better instincts and good sense in the short term, producing long-term damage at the expense of players who consider themselves indestructible. That Griffin’s potential as highlighted by a brilliant first year could be shortened by all this is a real tragedy for him, his fans, his sport and the organization that put so much into acquiring and nurturing him —until it didn’t.

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