Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III grew up idolizing Mike Shanahan when he was the coach of the Denver Broncos, and said that the fallout that he and the ex-Washington coach had last season has been "heartbreaking."
In a special to Bleacher Report, Les Carpenter writes that a former teammate of Griffin compared the situation to one as if Griffin "had an ex-girlfriend he loved or wanted to love and he can’t."
“For me it was just heartbreaking,” Griffin said. “You know with everything that happened—came into the league with—I was a huge Bronco fan, everybody knew that, and I had the coach of my dreams pick me in the draft.”
Griffin, who has dealt with multiple knee injuries and surgeries over the past two seasons, was shut down towards the end of 2013 by Shanahan, something that did not sit well with the quarterback.
Shanahan was fired three weeks later, after Washington finished a 3-13 season.
RGIII has not been shy about expressing what he sees as an improvement in the team's staff under new head coach Jay Gruden.
“To have them is a blessing,” Griffin said.
- Molly Geary