With Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III set to make his professional debut tomorrow afternoon against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, superstar New Orleans signal-caller Drew Brees admitted being excited to see how the Redskins rookie performs.
“You figure it’s only a matter of time before he takes this league by storm,” said Brees, 33, a four-time All-Pro who earned the Super Bowl MVP in 2010. “I just hope it doesn’t happen on Sunday.”
It is understandable that Brees, a future Hall of Famer who has thrown 281 touchdowns for 40,742 yards since debuting in 2001, is anticipating his showdown with RG3.
The 22-year-old Griffin, who the Skins nabbed out of Baylor University with the second choice in April’s NFL Draft, has garnered rave reviews for his performance on the gridiron since training camp commenced July 26 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia.
As a Bear last autumn, Griffin completed 72.4% of his passes for 37 touchdowns, in comparison to a measly six interceptions, and 4,293 yards.
RGIII, a native of Japan who flourished as a three-sport star in basketball, football and track at Copperas Cove High School in Texas, seems to possess all the necessary physical skills and leadership qualities to dominate the NFL landscape for the next decade in “The District.”
However, somewhat unfortunately for Griffin, who in the classroom graduated in three years with a 3.67 GPA in political science and on a field at the NFL Combine in February ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, he is not going to be coddled or provided with patience like most rookies are.
General manager Bruce Allen and Redskins owner Dan Snyder, a certified village idiot with zero clue how to run a football organization, traded their first-round choices in 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as their second-round pick this year, to the Rams on March 10 for the opportunity to net the man that makes Kim Kardashian swoon.
With Allen and Snyder at the helm in 2011, “The Burgundy and Gold” compiled a paltry 5-11 mark and the famed franchise has missed the playoffs in 16 out of the past 19 seasons, and started 21 quarterbacks since 1993.
Hence, desperate Redskins suits, onlookers and fans have extraordinary expectations for the 2011 Heisman Trophy award winner with blazing speed and an otherworldly arm.
RGIII, who signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $21.1 million on July 18, is an extremely bright, and seemingly sensible, individual who should be able to handle the pressure that comes with being the face of a legendary NFL team.
Like Drew Brees aptly predicted about Robert Griffin III, “it’s only a matter of time before he takes this league by storm.”by