*It can’t be argued that Robert Griffin III’s freshman year was, simply, one of the most exciting rookie years ever.
Coming off that superhuman, Heisman-winning year at Baylor, RG III’s first season delivered acres of hope to a long-suffering, passionate fanbase in Washington – and boy, did he ever live up to the hype.
Griffin was simply astonishing in his first year, using his remarkable speed and fantastic passing touch to bring the Redskins to a stunning playoff berth, before a blown-out ACL in a playoff matchup against the Seahawks brought his year to a shocking end.
Griffin is supposedly healthy and recovered coming into the 2013 season, but we can’t shake the feeling of foreboding that comes along with his return. We don’t really like the way him and the veteran Redskins coach Mike Shanahan seem to be at odds (despite the denials) and it’s very hard for us to trust Shanahan after the messy way the last season ended. It seemed like the entire country – except for Shanahan – could see that RGIII wasn’t right when he took that field in D.C. Yet, Shanahan kept running him out there until his leg was shredded. It was ugly.
Griffin III didn’t play in the preseason (a wise choice), so we won’t see if the quarterback is really recovered until the Redskins open Sept. 9 against the Eagles. We’ll be holding our breath through the entirety of that game – and all the Washington games to come. We hope that the Redskins’ staff will act with caution and with speed this time; Griffin III is simply too exciting of a player and too charismatic of a figure to be lost to injury once again. Let’s cross our fingers and our toes for his good health.
*In spite of being labeled a “cornbread brother” by some loser named Rob Parker, who was fired by his employer, ESPN, Robert Griffin III did his electrifying thing during the 2012 NFL season and has been named the AP (Associated Press) Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Griffin got the most love from the 50-member panel which gave him 29 votes compared to the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck (11) and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks (10).
The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner took Washington Redskins to a 10-6 record, a surprising NFC East title and the No. 4 seed in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the season ended on a downer: the young QB injured his ACL and LCL in the Wild Card Weekend loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
However, his body of work over 15 regular-season games was impossible to ignore.
In that span, Griffin completed 258 of 393 passes for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He added a new dynamic to the Washington offense with his legs, taking off 120 times for 815 yards and seven scores.
*If we had to guess, we’d say our chief writer, Cherie Saunders, had a good day today, Sunday.
And why do we say that? Well, her beloved Washington Redskins and their new, soon-to-be NFL superstar quarterback Robert Griffin lll, upset Drew Brees and and the New Orleans Saints in the 2012 season opener for both teams.
Robert Griffin III brought his Heisman Trophy swagger to New Orleans and made his NFL debut look like a Big Easy.
Showing a veteran’s composure by scrambling only when necessary, the dynamic Redskins rookie quarterback tormented New Orleans’ defense with 320 yards passing and two touchdowns, and Washington held on for 40-32 victory over the Saints on Sunday.
“I’ve won a high school state championship and a bowl game in college, but to play in the NFL, the pinnacle of it all, and win your first game against a Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, it’s at the top,” Griffin said while cradling the game ball he had just been given. “After the game, (Brees) told me he was proud of me. That’s big for him to say after he just lost the game.”
Baylor University's Robert Griffin III poses with Heisman Trophy after being named the winner of the award, Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, in NYC.
*(Via LA Times) – Robert Griffin III, Baylor’s junior quarterback won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, flashing his Superman socks for ESPN and then calmly bowing his head with a wide smile as his name was announced as the first winner of college football’s highest honor in the history of his school.
“Well, now that my socks are out there, I have nothing to lose,” Griffin III said after letting loose a sigh at the podium.
Griffin III emerged from a stacked group of finalists that promised to produce a tight vote: Other than the Baylor junior, sitting in the front row in New York were Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Alabama tailback Trent Richardson, Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.