Griffin tore his ACL during a game in 2009, but a crucial part of the tale that helped him rebound from the injury has remained largely unknown, one that saw Griffin seek counsel from an Olympic track star in the rare moments when his belief started to waver. Leroy Burrell became Coach Burrell in 1998, taking control of the University of Houston track program that once boasted himself with Adidas ADIZERO Breeze Men Running Shoes Black-Yellow and a certain Carl Lewis on its squad.
Griffin, a 400-meter hurdler of such repute that he finished 11th in the 2008 Olympic trials as an 18-year-old, was originally destined to become a Cougar on a joint football and track scholarship. Griffin had enjoyed a productive freshman season at Baylor, starting 11 of 12 games with cheap Adidas ADIZERO Breeze Men Running Shoes Black-Yellow and earning Big 12 freshman of the year honors. The torn ACL, sustained in the third game of his sophomore year, was a huge roadblock and through those long months of rehab the NFL seemed a long ways away. He went on to win gold in the relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
His father, a proud man with a military background who raised his children with strict discipline yet unwavering love, was not prepared to let RG3's mindset become clouded by the dual agonies of treatment and months on the sidelines. So he picked up the phone. His left knee buckled during a triple jump attempt at the Southwest Conference outdoors in 1986, forcing a frustrating season with wholesale fashion shoes Adidas ADIZERO Breeze Men Running Shoes Black-Yellow on the sidelines. But if anything, the setback added fresh impetus to his career and within five years Burrell broke the 100-meter world record with 9.90 seconds.