Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The rookie today gave his game-worn jersey and cleats from Monday night’s game against the New York Giants to a representative from the Hall of Fame, just two days after he broke Cam Newton’s single-season rookie record for rushing yards by a quarterback.
Jason Aikens from the Pro Football Hall of Fame said Griffin III’s jersey and cleats will be on display at the “Pro Football Today Gallery.”
“His jersey will join other Hall of Famers from Redskins past such as Sammy Baugh and Sonny Jurgensen,” Aikens said. “So he’s in really rare company.”
Griffin III said it was “awesome” to know that a part of him will be on display in Canton.
“Everyone wants to be in the Hall of Fame, so we’re in there,” Griffin III said with a laugh. “But I’ve got a long career, preferably, and this is only the first step. It’s an honor to have my jersey and my cleats — when they are very dirty — in the Hall of Fame.”
Aikens recalled how the Pro Football Hall of Fame reminded all rookies how their standout performances could one day produce their memorabilia being on display. Most of the Redskins rookies toured the Canton facility in June during the Rookie Symposium.
“Robert’s had a terrific season so far,” Aikens said.
Griffin III rushed for 72 yards on five carries in Monday night’s 17-16 win over the Giants. he now has 714 rushing yards this season, setting an NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback, a record formerly held by Carolina’s Newton, who had 706 in his rookie campaign a year ago.
Here’s the video from today’s gift-giving ceremony between Griffin III and the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
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