Robert Griffin III Will Succeed Where Mike Trout Failed in Pursuit of NFL MVP

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Robert Griffin III Will Succeed Where Mike Trout Failed in Pursuit of NFL MVP
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RGIII is making Mike Trout's rookie campaign look like child's play.

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is threatening to one-up MLB rookie phenom Mike Trout in his quest to win his league’s most valuable player award. If RGIII can lead the Redskins to the playoffs while continuing to put up spectacular numbers, it will be impossible for the voters to leave him off their ballots.

Trout, the Los Angeles Angels’ spectacular center fielder, finished a distant second to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera in the American League MVP voting. While the voting angered legions of sabermetricians, he was probably the right choice. 

Trout’s candidacy was hurt by the fact that he cooled off over the season’s last two months while his team missed the playoffs. Griffin III, however, seems to be getting better every week, and the Redskins are making a late push to win the NFC East.  

The thought of Griffin III being a viable MVP candidate was laughable as recently as Thanksgiving morning. But after another near-flawless performance in Washington’s 38-31 road win over the Dallas Cowboys, the rookie QB is playing his way into the discussion.

Not convinced that a first-year quarterback on a 5-6 team deserves to be mentioned in the NFL’s MVP discussion? Here are three reasons why Robert Griffin III could change that thinking over the season’s final five weeks.

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