Griffin, the NFC's third-leading passer and its leading rusher among quarterbacks, said that he saw Weatherspoon coming as he ran towards the Atlanta sideline but didn't react quickly enough to protect himself.
"If I had slid a half-second earlier, I'd been safe. I tried to get down too late and he had already launched," Griffin said. "At that point, it was just a matter of absorbing the hit and I absorbed it the wrong way. I can't do that to my team, to the fans or to my family because a life is more important that the game of football.
"These things that happen to us (affect) us down the road and I gotta make sure I Iimit that. I gotta make sure I keep myself safe while still being the same player I am."
Veteran receiver Santana Moss believes that Griffin has learned his lesson.
"Once you take one of those hits or two, it's evident," Moss said. "If it ain't a play designed for you to run, save your body. I think he knows that. We all know that if you have nowhere to go, get out of bounds."
The 22-year-old Griffin said that his teammates have assured him that he's already proven his toughness by getting up from punishing hits dished out by St. Louis and Cincinnati defenders.
"I promised I'd get up from hits like that and I did get up," said Griffin, who scored a touchdown after suffering a concussion last season at Baylor before being pulled from the game for good. "I don't have anything to prove. If you have to live to play another down, then you'll live to play another down."
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