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In This Corner: Out with ‘Tebowing,’ in with ‘Griffining’

5 December 2012 By Alena Schwarz, Sports Editor No Comments
RGIII is Washington’s key to victory

Last year “Tebowing” was all the rage when Tim Tebow hit the main stage. But now it’s out with the old and in with the new. There’s a new quarterback phenom in town and it’s all about Griffining.

In just his first game with the Redskins, Robert Griffin III made headlines and he hasn’t stopped.

In 12 games, he’s logged 218 completions and 2660 yards. Not to mention 17 passing touchdowns.

And let’s not forget RGIII’s most recent stellar performance in his first Monday Night Football appearance.

Giants and Redskins at FedEx Field. This game proved that RGIII truly is the man.

Before the game, it was announced that he had passed Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton for the NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback. At the time he had 707. After the game he had 779.

In Monday’s game, with 4:20 left in the first quarter, Griffin fumbled the ball around the 15-yard line, but teammate Josh Morgan scooped up the ball and ran it in for Washington’s first touchdown of the game.

Clearly even RGIII’s mistakes are flawless.

Then in the second half, Griffin ran for 46 to get the Redskins in scoring range. But RGIII didn’t just run 46 yards. No, he dragged the Giants’ Stevie Brown a couple yards, Brown hanging on to the back of Griffin’s jersey, before finally going down. That’s Terrance West-type strength.

Griffin has consistently shown that he’s capable of carrying this team, even if he is a rookie.

But Griffin doesn’t just provide the Redskins with excellent football. He also adds the personality the team so desperately needs.

There’s not much that can deter this 22-year-old kid. He’s always training, always working and always smiling.

Almost any time the camera shows him on the sidelines, he’s either concentrating on the game or smiling.

That’s the kind of persona this Redskins team has been lacking recently. Take a look at Chris Cooley. While widely popular among the fans, the guy is an asshole. Sure, he’s got enough personality to fill an encyclopedia, but it’s not really a great personality.

RGIII is a positive influence on and off the field and is playing for the team, not for recognition or fame.

According to Comcast Sportsnet reporter Tarik El-Bashir, Griffin said he was honored to be mentioned as an MVP candidate, but that he doesn’t play for awards.

Griffin hasn’t slowed down since his first couple weeks when he started a new posing trend with his “Griffining” celebration. Not even Tim Tebow influenced the football world as quickly.

RGIII is the messiah of the Washington Redskins and drafting him is the best thing that’s happened to the team in recent history. Pretty sure there’s not much the guy can’t do.


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