Thursday, October 4, 2012
Robert Griffin III, Offensive Rookie of Month
By Dan Graziano
The Washington Redskins announced Thursday that their rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September. This strikes me as something of a no-brainer selection, as his closest competition likely came from his own running back, Alfred Morris, or Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who only played three games and doesn't have the stats to hang with RG3 at this point.
Griffin completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,070 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 103.2 in September. He also rushed for 234 yards. He's only the third player in NFL history to throw for more than 1,000 yards in the first four weeks of his rookie season, though it likely says something about the NFL that the other two are Carolina's Cam Newton in 2011 and Miami's Ryan Tannehill this year.
Anyway, this is the second year in a row the Redskins have had a rookie win September honors. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month last September. Griffin is the first Redskins player to win Offensive Rookie of the Month since Chris Samuels did it in October of 2000. Remember that? No? Yeah, me neither.