Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III discussed his 2014 season in an interview with ESPN 980.
Griffin missed six games after dislocating his ankle in a Sept. 14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He returned in Week 9 but was benched for Washington's game against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 30.
Here are some excerpts from the interview, as transcribed by The Washington Post:
"Last year I wasn’t healthy, and it sucked, so there’s no other way to say it other than that," Griffin said. "When you dislocate your ankle in the second week of the season, when you and your team have big things in mind. It’s just getting healthy, getting the mental break getting a chance to spend time with family, and then formulate my plan going forward for this year and we can go out there and win games and be playing at this time next year."
"For me, I rely heavily on my faith, and I feel like God allowed that to happen to me for a reason,” Griffin said of his injury. “It was to show me something, and yeah, it sucked. Nobody wants to have those things happen to them and we felt like we were going to be able to get on a roll after Jacksonville and put some wins together and have a much better season than we did. But the days after that, I had never suffered an ankle injury to that severity before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. And it just became more and more tough with the more games that we lost, because you know how hard the guys work and you want to get out there and help them win games. I could have sat out the rest of last year with as bad as the ankle was, but I felt like I could play, and I wanted to get out there and play with my guys and help them win games."
Griffin also called Redskins coach Jay Gruden's decision to bench him against the Colts an "unfortunate decision, and something we all had to go with because that was coach’s choice."
Over 10 total games this season, Griffin completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Redskins went 4-12 and finished in last place in the NFC East.