Rather than being a mere alternate like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was last year, sensational Washington Redskins field general Robert Griffin III earned an outright invitation on Wednesday to backup Aaron Rodgers for the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad.
The 22-year-old Griffin, named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in September and November, is the first passer since Dan Marino in 1983 to achieve such an honor.
Griffin, who the Skins nabbed out of Baylor University with the second choice in April’s draft, has completed an impressive 66.4% of his passes for 20 touchdowns, against five interceptions, and 3,100 yards.
The Bear of yesteryear, who graduated in three years with a 3.67 GPA in political science and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Combine in February, has also rushed for 752 yards and six scores.
Most importantly, RG3 has helped guide Washington (9-6) to six consecutive victories and the Redskins are now in position to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the George W. Bush Administration in 2007.
In comparison, without Griffin last autumn, “The Burgundy and Gold” compiled a paltry 5-11 record and missed the postseason for the 16th time in the past 19 seasons while starting their 21st signal-caller since 1993.
Griffin, a native of Japan who flourished as a three-sport star in basketball, football and track at Copperas Cove High School in Texas, signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $21.1 million on July 18.
With RG3, the NFL leader with a 104.2 passer rating, as an employee, Redskins supporters can realistically expect their beloved franchise to soon become championship contenders for the first time since the 1991 campaign.
The official coronation for Robert Griffin III, an unrivaled talent who will dominate the league for the next decade in “The District,” will occur on January 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.by