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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
RG3 responds to 'Bob' nickname

By Ian Begley

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No one's calling Robert Griffin III "Bob" anymore, are they?

Back in late July, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora wondered aloud why people were calling Griffin "RG3" -- a great nickname, but one that Umenyiora felt the Redskins rookie had yet to earn.

Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III is averaging nearly five yards per carry this season on designed-run plays.
Instead, Umenyiora suggested that we refer to Griffin as "Bob."

"Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?" Umenyiora said. "You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL, we're gonna call him RG3. Right now he's Bob Griffin."

Well, Griffin has done plenty in his first six weeks in the league.

Let's take last week against Minnesota as an example: Griffin ran for 138 yards on 13 attempts -- including a 76-yard touchdown run that put the game away. Griffin's Total QBR (97.6) was the third-highest by a rookie in the past five seasons.

He leads his 3-3 team into MetLife Stadium on Sunday for his first taste of Redskins-Giants.

On Wednesday, Griffin III talked about Umenyiora's offseason dig at him.

"It's not something to build up or make a big deal out of," Griffin said. "Whatever Osi wants to call me, it doesn't matter. I've had people call me worse things on the field, so it doesn't bother me at all. But I look forward to playing against those guys."

Griffin said that Umenyiora's "Bob" nickname never really caught on, except for a few Washington media types using it as a joke.

"Other than that, it really hasn't stuck. I don't plan on letting it stick either," Griffin said.

Umenyiora recently amended his comments on Griffin, saying the 2011 Heisman winner is an "amazing talent."

"He's going to be a problem in this league for a long time," Umenyiora told ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show" on Tuesday. "We're going to have our work cut out for us. I actually stopped by the facility and saw some tape of him, and I was just like, 'Wow, this guy's an amazing talent.' It's going to be a big test for us to keep him under control."

It will be up to Umenyiora and the Giants defensive linemen to contain Griffin at the line of scrimmage. The Giants recorded six sacks last Sunday against the Niners. Umenyiora did not register a sack but was disruptive for most of the afternoon. Griffin certainly noticed.

"Osi's a guy that's proven himself in this league. He's a sack master. He's definitely done a lot of great things in his career," the rookie said. "I didn't mind (the nickname) at all. I got where he was coming from. I know why everybody blew it out of proportion because it's the Redskins and the Giants, but I also remember him saying after the Saints game that he'll call me whatever I want to be called."