Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has surpassed NFL records and expectations of coaches, media and fans.
On a day he was selected to the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl as the only rookie and a NFC reserve quarterback, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said despite growing up and playing college football in Texas, he never rooted for or against the Cowboys. He was a Denver Broncos fan.
"I was never a fan (of the Cowboys). I was a Broncos fan growing up." RG3 added, "I'm a Washington Redskin and hopefully I'll be that for the rest of my life."
During an address to the Redskins media Dec. 26, Griffin fielded a variety of questions prior to the winner-take-all showdown against NFL East rival Dallas Cowboys on prime-time television Sunday night.
He downplayed the significance of the must-win game for the 'Skins to make the playoffs and win their first division title in 13 years.
"It's another game we have to go out and win," Griffin said with a grin. "We all want to play well. We want to control our own destiny. We got to win this (NFC) championship."
Later in the day the NFL announced Griffin, offensive tackle Trent Williams and special teams player and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander were selected to the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl as reserves. Running back Alfred Morris and inside linebacker London Fletcher were selected as alternates.
RG3 enters the final week of the regular season with several NFL rookie records already secured and more within reach and certainly attainable. Those records include:
Highest passer rating, rookie, season: 98.1. Current record held by Ben Roethlisberger, 2004. Griffin heads into Week 17 with a passer rating of 104.1.
Highest completion percentage, rookie, season: 66.44, Ben Roethlisberger, 2004. (196/295) Griffin's completion percentage is currently tied.
Best touchdown pass–interception differential, rookie season: 14 (20–6). Dan Marino, 1983. Griffin leads with 20 TDs and five INT (15).
Lowest percentage of passes intercepted in rookie season: 1.98 Charlie Batch, 1998. Griffin leads with a percentage rate of 1.33 (375 attempts - five interceptions).
Griffin also addressed questions surrounding the hype created by the fans and media as it relates to the Cowboys game. Not only is it the final game of the 2012 regular season with the winner capturing the NFC East division and a top seed in the playoffs, it's against the arch-enemy Cowboys.
And the Cowboys have to play on the road in front of a national televised audience and the largest NFL stadium with fans that are hungry for a seventh straight win and postseason berth.
You couldn't write a better script.
"This is the biggest stage (I've) been on. We'll definitely have home-field advantage," Griffin said with a big smile. "We're doing it for the fans."
The Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game is Sunday, Dec. 30 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
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