This week everyone in sports has been talking about RG3, but if you did not attend Baylor and do not watch much sports you may be wondering…Who is he?
Robert Griffin III (RG3) is the new quarterback for the Washington Redskins and played a spectacular game last Sunday September 9, 2012 against the New Orleans Saints. The Redskins won 40-32. Griffin was 19-of-26 for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns. This means Griffin completed 19 passes out of 26 that all together added up to 320 yards, and two resulted in touchdowns. Griffin also rushed for 42 yards in 10 carries. With this being the very first regular season NFL game for Griffin, those stats are very impressive. Last week there were 3 other rookie quarterbacks that combined threw a total of 10 interceptions and none of their teams won their season starters. Mike Jones posted in the Washington Post, “Griffin became the first player in league history to pass for more than 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his NFL debut.”
Robert Griffin III was born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on February 12, 1990. Griffin has lived in Washington, Louisiana and Texas. Griffin went to Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas. As the starting quarterback for his junior and senior year, Griffin passed for more than 3,300 yards and rushed for more than 2,100 yards. Many colleges pursued Griffin in the 2008 recruiting season including Nebraska, Oregon and Tennessee. Tim Hyland of About.com wrote, “The recruiting service Scout.com ranked (Griffin) as the 12th-best quarterback in the nation, while Rivals.com listed him as the fourth-best dual-threat quarterback of the year.”
In the end Griffin decided to play for the University of Houston. After his decision Houston’s head coach Art Briles left to be the Baylor Bears head coach and convinced Griffin to go with him. During Griffin’s freshman year he had thrown for 2,091 yards with 15 touchdowns and rushed for 843 yards with 13 touchdowns, and was named Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 conference. Sophomore year season (2009) was not nearly as impressive. Not impressive at all. In the 3rd game of the season Griffin injured his knee and had to sit out the rest of the year. When he finally returned to play the next season Griffin throw for 3,998 yards with 36 touchdowns and rushed for 635 yards with 8 touchdowns. Then Griffin finished his final year at Baylor throwing 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns and rushed for 644 yards and 9 touchdowns. That year (2011) Robert Griffin III was awarded the most highest of honors when he was announced the Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor’s first ever. When given the award Griffin said, “It’s unbelievable because in the moment we’re all amazed when great things happen,” the history-making quarterback said. “But it’s believable because great things don’t happen without hard work. [Coach Art Briles] always says great things only come with great effort. We’ve certainly worked for this. That’s right — everybody associated with Baylor University has a reason to celebrate tonight.”
In the 2012 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins picked Robert Griffin III. Griffin was the number 2 pick overall in the draft and the Redskins were ecstatic to get him. Not only is Griffin known as a talented quarterback but he is said to be a great leader as well. In past seasons the Redskins quarterbacks never amounted to much and they were in dire need of a good quarterback. With Griffin the Redskins got what they were waiting for and he proved it in last Sunday’s game. After the game the players and coach had nothing but great things to say about him, even the defensive players. Barry Cofield, Redskins nose tackle said, “He’s captivating. I’m always watching that kid, all week in practice. You can’t help but watch him.” Redskins’ defense is excited to have a good quarterback on the team, because it helps the offense to gain some yards up the field. Then the defense does not feel so much pressure, come their turn, to hold the opposing team as far back. Linebacker London Fletcher said, “From our standpoint, defensively, he’s a sight for sore eyes.”
Even when the pressure was on during the game Griffin kept his cool and made great plays. Fletcher said, “When you see a play breaking down and he’s able to roll out of the pocket, stay cool, be patient and turn it into something, that’s talent. He made some plays today where you see why we were so excited to get him.” With a great game and many compliments from his teammates, Griffin still remained humble and after the game said, “Nothing’s ever perfect. There are some passes I wish I had back, some plays I’d like to try again. But we won the game and we did a good job, so I’m going to be happy about that.” And yet the accomplishments keep on coming. This morning Griffin was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week 1.
RG3! What a great quarterback he seems to be for the Redskins. I know many Baylor fans are confident in Griffin and not surprised with his success. Yes I am sure there will be games that Griffin will make mistakes in because, after all, he is a rookie and this is his first season in the NFL. That is a given. I am not trying to take away from the great game RG3 had on Sunday. I did not get to watch it but from what I hear, Griffin was amazing. I look forward to watching him play in the Redskins next game this Sunday September 16, 2012 against the Rams at 3:04 PM (CT). I hope RG3 can continue down the path he is going, and the Redskins become a competing team.