Report: Barack Obama, RG III chat

Updated: April 1, 2013, 2:14 PM ET
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A man with a personal security detail knows a thing or two about protection, and that's exactly what President Barack Obama talked about with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III when the two crossed paths in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

According to The Washington Times, Griffin said Obama talked to him about "protecting myself" as the two men met at Verizon Center, where both were watching Syracuse's win against Marquette in an Elite Eight matchup in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

"Good conversation with @BarackObama Wise words, & much appreciated," Griffin tweeted Sunday.

Griffin, who was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year last season, is rehabbing a torn ACL -- the result of the quarterback's fearless style of play.

Obama isn't the only Washingtonian concerned with RG III's health. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan also said he's hoping his young star learns from his injury.

"You can't take shots consistently," Shanahan said at the recent NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Shanahan said he thinks more experience as a pocket passer and more practice throwing the ball away or sliding in situations that call for it will help Griffin improve in areas of his game he didn't have to worry about as a Heisman Trophy-winning superstar in college.

For his part, Griffin is still hopeful of getting back on the field for the Redskins' season opener. He was injured in the team's postseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I'm ahead of schedule," Griffin said in a statement released to ESPN last week. "My goal is to return healthy in Week 1 but if I'm not ready then I will wait until I am, however long that is. My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself."

Griffin's surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, told ESPN's Stephania Bell late last week that the quarterback's recovery from surgery on Jan. 9 to repair two knee ligaments has been "unbelievable" and put him in a class of "superhuman" athletes he has treated.

Griffin's father told The Washington Post on Monday that his son is expected to be cleared to run on a field by next week.

"He's been running in the pool, and some on the treadmill," Robert Griffin Jr. told the newspaper. "But they're just about ready to take it out on the field."

Information from ESPN.com's Dan Graziano was used in this report.

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