BY PETER HAILEY
The knee injury that Robert Griffin III suffered in 2012 tremendously altered the path of his career, and could be pointed to as the main reason why he's gone from 'surefire superstar' to 'starter on the hot seat.'
However, for all the people who prefer to look at the glass being half full instead of it being half empty, here's something for you to think about: without the knee injury, RG3 probably wouldn't have been name dropped in a hilarious romantic comedy that's hitting the big screens this weekend.
It's true: Griffin's name is brought up in the new rom-com Trainwreck, which stars Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, was released on Friday, and is being very well received by critics so far.
In one of the movie's scenes, Hader (who plays a sports doctor) is talking to a group of guys at a baby shower when they beg to hear about who he's worked with in the past. Hader mentions Tom Brady, Clayton Kershaw, Amar'e Stoudemire, Jay Cutler -- and a particular Redskins quarterback.
"Robert Griffin" (Hader elects not to say "the third") doesn't get the same "oohs" and "ahhs" from Hader's buddies as names like Brady do, but it's better than the loud expletive that was shouted when Hader drops Alex Rodriguez's name. And while Redskins fans probably wish Griffin's name wasn't mentioned at all by a sports doctor who's recalling what careers he's saved, having a player talked about in a big time Hollywood movie is never a bad thing.
(Side note: Vegas is now taking over/under bets on how many Skins fans make "RG3's career is a train wreck" jokes in next 48 hours)
Griffin, though, was merely name dropped in Trainwreck. LeBron James and Tony Romo, on the other hand -- two favorites of D.C. sports fans -- actually appeared in it.
James plays Hader's best friend; James' hairline, meanwhile, looks better than ever. As for Romo, well, he only has a small cameo, making a brief speech before giving Hader an award for being such a successful doctor. But -- and Redskins fans will like this -- he doesn't get off screen without getting booed: his talking was interrupted by some obnoxious heckling orchestrated by Stoudemire, who also makes a cameo.
The Miami Heat's website may want to prepare for a massive influx of orders for Stoudemire jerseys from the D.C. area this weekend; anyone who boos Romo is guaranteed never-ending support from Burgundy and Gold fans.