- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Robert Griffin III’s right knee rehabilitation continues to progress well at the halfway point between the ACL revision surgery he had in January and the Redskins’ regular-season opener.

“I’m doing great,” Griffin said Wednesday. “The knee feels fine. It’s just about taking it slow. Each day is a better day because the knee feels better, you do more things. It’s just a process, and I’m going through it.”

Griffin spoke to reporters at a downtown D.C. hotel at an American Cancer Society luncheon honoring Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, as the society’s Mother of the Year.

The quarterback had surgery Jan. 9 to revise his anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and repair the lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus. Doctors expect him to be ready for the Redskins’ Sept. 9 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Griffin’s status for training camp in late July has not been determined. He answered only one question about his status before a team spokesman concluded the interview.

Before Griffin met with reporters, he earned a whopping $33,000 for the society — just for being himself.

He went onstage and autographed a pair of pink cleats he wore during games in October. They fetched a $15,000 winning bid from Gerald Haddock, a self-described “Baylor man” who is president of an investments company that bears his last name in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It’s a great cause,” Griffin said. “You don’t think that a pair of cleats can make that kind of difference, but I guess they were highly sought after. It’s truly an honor.”

Then the franchise quarterback posed for 18 pictures with people who bid $1,000 each for the opportunity.

The society recognized Tanya Snyder, a breast cancer survivor, for her continued efforts to promote breast cancer awareness and research throughout the NFL and the country. Event organizers credited Snyder with helping to spearhead the NFL’s annual breast cancer awareness campaign in which players during October wear pink cleats, towels and wristbands as part of their uniform.

Griffin was moved when the Snyder’s eldest daughter, Tiffanie, 17, broke down while delivering a speech honoring her mother and praising Tanya’s response to cancer treatments.

“To see the way she responds to her children, how her and Dan — their relationship is, it is an inspiration,” Griffin said. “It shows that marriage can be something that’s truly special. And then her as a mother, everybody has got a mother.

“My mom was sitting a couple tables away. When her daughter was sitting there crying telling that story, I wanted to go grab my mom because moms are truly special to everybody. My mom definitely holds a special place in my heart, so I use that to kind of relate to the relationship with her kids.”

Wednesday’s luncheon raised a total of $400,000, mostly from ticket and table sales. The live auction accounted for almost $60,000.

• Rich Campbell can be reached at rcampbell@washingtontimes.com.

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