For a moment, all that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could do was look down at the prosthetic leg belonging to 13-year-old Redskins fan Rico Felix.
When pressed to say what he thought of the very special tribute, all Robert could do was look at Rico and state the obvious.
“I’m speechless…I don’t know what I can say about that, except that it’s an honor.”
Rico is a native of Washington, D.C. and came down with his mother, Michelle, on Wednesday to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center to get a look at his favorite football team in action. As always, his tribute to Robert Griffin III traveled with him.
When Rico was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his right foot, rendering it useless. Rico has had a prosthesis for most of his life, which needs to be switched out for longer models as he grows.
This past offseason, as Robert Griffin III recovered from his own life-altering leg surgery, Rico made the decision to plaster the face of his favorite quarterback and the emblem of the Redskins on his prosthesis.
“He…he’s inspiring,” Felix said before meeting Robert. “When he got his leg surgery, it reminded me of me. See, as I grow, my bone grows, so I have to have a surgery. But he inspired me to get back up on my feet after I had surgery.”
A reminder of RGIII’s inspiration is there for Rico every time he looks down, but after today it will have Robert Griffin III’s autograph next to it, as the franchise quarterback told Rico “it would be an honor” to sign his leg:
“To think that someone would think that much of me to put it on their leg,” Griffin III said, searching for words, “I don’t know what I can say about that. It’s an honor.”
The two locked gaze and shook hands one more time as the cameras gathered around. Then, at just the right moment, the words found Robert Griffin III.
“We’re gonna do it this year. We’re gonna do it for you.”
And you can be certain that Rico Felix will be behind them every step of the way.
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