With Carolina slated to play Washington on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, sensational Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he’d rather be compared to Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers than the Panthers Cam Newton.
The 23-year-old Newton, who the Panthers (1-6) chose out of Auburn University with the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, concluded his inaugural season with 21 touchdowns, in contrast to 17 interceptions, for 4,051 yards while willing Carolina to a 6-10 mark that merely qualified for a third place finish in the NFC South.
Additionally, the former Tiger, the winner of both the 2010 Heisman Trophy and 2011 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, ran for 706 yards and 14 scores on the ground.
However, Newton, a 2010 Consensus All-American who made the 2011 Pro Bowl as a rookie, has struggled mightily as a sophomore and connected on only 57.1% of his throws for five scores and eight picks after seven games in “The Hornet’s Nest.”
“I’d rather be compared to Aaron Rodgers, or a guy like that. Someone who’s won Super Bowls,” said Griffin, 22, who the Skins nabbed out of Baylor University with the second choice in April’s NFL Draft. “You want to go out there and win, and that’s our biggest goal. It’s not about me versus Cam Newton, it’s about us getting the win, and getting to 4-5 going into the bye week.”
Griffin, who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in September, has completed an impressive 66.8% of his passes for eight touchdowns, in comparison to three interceptions, and 1,778 yards over eight games.
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 476 yards and six scores.
Last autumn, “The Burgundy and Gold” compiled a paltry 5-11 record and missed the playoffs for the 16th time in the past 19 seasons while starting their 21st passer since 1993.
Hence, desperate Redskins suits, onlookers and fans have extraordinary expectations for the burgeoning superstar with blazing speed and an otherworldly arm.
Unsurprisingly, considering RG3’s competitiveness, he anticipates surpassing the immense hype.
At 3-5 and being led by Griffin, an unrivaled prospect who possesses all the necessary physical skills and leadership qualities to dominate the league for the next decade in “The District,” the Redskins future is gleaming.
Nevertheless, Washington is not equipped to do much more than entertain this year.
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.
Fortunately for Washington, with RG3 as an employee, Redskins supporters can realistically expect their beloved franchise to soon become championship contenders for the first time since the 1991 campaign.
Although an exciting ballplayer, Cam Newton is simply not in the same class as the supremely gifted Griffin.
Within two years, it won’t be shocking if Robert Griffin III is favorably “compared to Aaron Rodgers.”by