It's been over a year since Robert Griffin III was officially part of the NFL.
That changed Wednesday when RGIII made his first appearance as a Baltimore Raven at an introductory press conference.
Last week — to much surprise — the Ravens announced that they had signed the 28-year-old quarterback to a one-year deal worth $1 million.
The former second-overall pick has not played in an NFL game since Week 16 of the 2016-2017 season, and while he says he had opportunities during the 2017 offseason to sign with a team, the fit with an organization never seemed quite right until now.
"I picked the Ravens because I wanted to be apart of an organization that had an identity," Griffin said.
"And I think what I tweeted out, 'Play like a Raven' is that identity and I'm excited to get to work with these guys and really learn what it means to play like a Raven."
Griffin, who in his rookie year as a Redskin threw for 3200 yards and 20 touchdowns before dealing with a several injuries that ultimately led to the demise of his time with the Redskins, says he's not only learned how to protect himself better but that he hasn't felt this good in a while.
"If I'm being 100 percent honest, I probably haven't felt this good since I came out of college. A year off of football can do that when trucks aren't landing on you every play. I feel good about this opportunity, I feel good about my ability and I just really want to get in and learn from these guys that have been here for a long time."
RGIII's injury spell began during the Redskins' 2012 Week 14 matchup with the Ravens when defensive end Haloti Ngata drilled the quarterback low, around his right knee, causing it to twist in ways knees are not meant to twist.
The Grade 1 LCL sprain kicked off his decline with the team, but he doesn't look back on that play with a foul taste in his mouth.
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"Nah, I mean I don't think that's necessarily bad history. I feel like if I was only planning to play a couple more years, maybe I would look at that as a turning point, but that's not my goal, not my focus. Hopefully this is something that can manifest and be a long-term thing, but right now all I can focus on is what I can do to help the Ravens this year and go out and prove it every single day and come in ready to compete."
One thing the Heisman Trophy winner made clear throughout the press conference is that he has learned from his past and is ready to move forward in this next chapter of his career.
“I think that's kind of what [the Ravens] are excited about, [which] is I'm not just relying on what I did in the past,” Griffin said.
“I want to show them the player that I am, the player that I can be moving forward. So it's time to let that stuff go and move forward as a new player, a better player, a grown player. And that's what I'm excited about and I'm glad that they saw that in me and have given me this opportunity.”