Breaking Down Why RGIII Deserves to Be Rookie of the Year

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Breaking Down Why RGIII Deserves to Be Rookie of the Year
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Shortly after the Redskins acquired the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, I jumped on my computer.

I didn’t really have a plan when it came to writing my first Robert Griffin-actually-being-a-Redskin article, I just let it flow.

I just thought about how much this team means to me. Being a Redskin fan is more than just throwing on a burgundy and gold jersey on Sunday.

I looked forward to writing about the former Heisman Trophy winner on a regular basis, and as I sat down in front of my desk, I came up with the perfect scenario.

I thought of RGIII running down the field and executing a play with relative ease in crunch time. I imagined thousands of fans screaming their heads off with “RGIII! RGIII! RGIII!” chants. I imagined us winning.

Obviously, my heart is involved, I can name every single player on the roster and where they went to college (challenge me). I analyze every personnel move and attempt to predict every play during the course of a game.

Although our lowly 3-6 record is not a reflection of it, Griffin has made this team dangerous. Maybe not now, but it’s hard to imagine a talent him not succeeding one day.

He’s been spectacular in limited work, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Griffin makes the adjustments now that opposing defenses have enough film on him.

It’s funny how the NFL changes on almost a weekly basis. In the first month of the season, Griffin and the Redskins were the talk of the league as Andrew Luck noticeably struggled.

Soon fans, analysts and various members of the media began to question the Colts' decision to draft Luck over Griffin.

Weeks later, Luck is now carrying the torch as the Rookie of the Year (arguably) and RGIII and his Redskins are in a major funk.

Despite all of that, I’m going to tell you why Griffin still deserves that honor.

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