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Griffin III Makes Rookie Heisman History

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 16, 2013 – 5:11 pm

Robert Griffin III

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As the first mock drafts start appearing on national football websites, it is a reminder of the excitement in Washington almost one year ago, as Redskins fans imagined the possibility to trading up for Robert Griffin III.

It seemed unlikely at the time, that a front office that had hoarded draft picks since arriving in 2010, would trade multiple first round picks to the St. Louis Rams for the rights to Robert Griffin III, but it was a fun dream to dream.

And then it came true.

Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, became an obsession in Washington, as fans Photoshoppe’d him into a Redskins’ jersey and chanted ‘R-G-3!’ Those chants only got louder, as he was drafted by the Redskins, won the starting job and then performed at a superstar level–just as he had in Heisman-winning season at Baylor.

The Heisman award is given to the top collegiate player, which history has shown is little indication for professional success.  The Heisman landscape is highlighted by NFL Hall of Famers Marcus Allen, Roger Staubach and Barry Sanders, but is also littered with NFL duds Troy Smith, Matt Leinart and Jason White.

In his first season in the NFL, Griffin III appears destined to fall into the former category, rather than the latter. Find out how Robert’s first season stacks up to other Heisman-winning quarterbacks here:

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VOTE: Top Redskins Performance of 2012

Posted by Chris Herting on January 16, 2013 – 4:41 pm


What did you think was the Redskins’ best individual game performance this year?

-There was QB Robert Griffin III’s Thanksgiving Day homecoming.

-There was RB Alfred Morris’s NFC East-clinching 200 yard, three touchdown game vs. America’s least favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys.

-There was Griffin III’s electrifying, sub-four second forty yard dash, 76 yard burst vs. Minnesota (well, maybe sub-four is an exaggeration, but it sounds better that way).

-There was K Kai Forbath booting the football 34 yards for a comeback overtime victory over our purple neighbors (Ravens).

And that’s just a select handful of the top individual performances from this year.

We put our collective minds together this week at Redskins Park and attempted to narrow down, what we thought were some of the top Redskins performances of 2012. But now it’s up to you, Redskins Nation, to decide.

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For Kettani, There’s No Place Like Home

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 16, 2013 – 4:19 pm

Eric Kettani

Over the course of the average person’s life, his relationship with his parents is likely to change.

Infants and young children are solely dependent on their parents to survive. The adolescent years can be trouble, as the unstoppable force of teenage angst runs headlong into the immovable object of parental tyranny.

Eventually (with any luck), parents accept their offspring as adult members of society, and the adolescents make the transition into functioning members of society. But that’s not to say that they won’t always be welcomed as children in their parents house.

Find out how one Redskins player is experiencing the benefits of a return home to his parents:

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Paul Was ‘No Dumb Jock’ In High School

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 16, 2013 – 12:43 pm

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Redskins tight end Niles Paul has already proven that he can do most everything necessary on a football field, changing positions at the NFL level and embracing more responsibility in his second season.

Already in his young NFL career, he has 10 receptions for 177 yards, split between the wide receiver and tight end positions. He also has two career rushes for six yards, a respectable 3.0 yards-per-carry average.

Taking over as the full-time kick returner midway through the season, he returned 14 career kickoffs for 298 yards for a 21.3 average. In coverage, he has 24 special teams tackles in two years, with a team-high five punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

His athletic versatility dates back to high school, when he was a star on the gridiron, hardwood and outdoor track. In basketball, Paul was among the Class A leaders in scoring and rebounding, averaging nearly 19 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior.

In track, Paul won the 110-meter hurdles at the state meet as both a junior and a senior, finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100-meter dash as a senior. His 4 x 100-meter relay team also finished second. As a junior, he led the Vikings to the Class A state track title by winning four gold medals.

Individually, he captured the Class A titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and was part of all-class gold medal teams in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400-meter relays. Paul also won the Class A state title in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore.

He was also named a scholar athlete award winner in as a senior in 2007. As Paul told the cameras, he’s no dumb jock–maintaining a 3.6 GPA over the course of his high school career. Watch the video, below:

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