Robert Griffin III was back on the practice field Thursday at the Redskins training camp four months after a surgery that took its toll both physically and emotionally.
"It was tough. I cried. Real men cry," he says.
Griffin said as soon as the surgery was done, he changed the passcode on his phone to reflect the date of the first game. He is all in for week one.
RG3 showed off his straight ahead speed as well as his powerful - and accurate - right arm. But the question remains: What is still left to overcome? RG3 says explosive sprinting and cutting remain.
On his relationship with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who some criticized for leaving in the fateful game too long, RG3 says they hashed things out.
Griffin's good-natured demeanor was a contrast to his sharp words in a pair of recent Twitter rants. Last month he tweeted that Americans "are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness" and this week hit back at criticism he received for posting a photo of a pile of wedding presents sent to him by fans.
"It's really been crazy," Griffin said Thursday. "You really can't do anything or say anything without it being blown out of proportion. When it comes to the political correctness tweet ... the only thing I will say about that is there's a difference between political correctness, common sense and being offensive."
Griffin, who is getting married in July, then thanked the fans for the gifts that started pouring in after his wedding registry was made public.
"I didn't ask you guys to do that," he said, addressing the fans. "The media made that public, and you guys decided to get me gifts out of the generosity of your heart. ... Anything else that came after that, criticism and stuff like that, you've just got to move on and not worry about it."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.