Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took the NFL by storm last year, revolutionizing the quarterback position and becoming the leader of a franchise that has won three Lombardi Trophies, but had finished at the bottom of the NFC East four times in the last six years.
On April 26, 2012 the Burgundy and Gold called on the Hesiman-winning quarterback to become the next great Redskins signal caller, joining the likes of Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, and Doug Williams to be under center in the Nation’s Capital. Instantly, he became the biggest star to role into the DMV in years.
Number 10 jerseys can be spotted anywhere and everywhere across the area and after leading the team to its first NFC East Title since 199, he completed his incredible professional debut with an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award to add to his already crowded trophy case.
With his rookie season in the bag, its time for him and the rest of the Redskins to move forward and bringing home another Super Bowl Trophy is certainly at the top of the team’s goals list this year.
Griffin III has already proven to be a Superman of sorts with the pigskin, but can he be the man to eliminate the infamous “Madden Curse”?
Over the past few weeks, we have highlighted Griffin III’s march towards being the cover athlete for Madden 25. Number 10 has faced Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and won each matchup with relative ease.
Griffin III’s Elite Eight opponent, however, may give the Baylor University product his biggest test to date–Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson has been one of the best tailbacks in the league since leaving Oklahoma University in 2007.
In only his eighth game in the NFL, Peterson torched the San Diego Chargers defense en route to 296 rushing yards, breaking the record for most rushing yards by a player in a single game and putting the other 31 franchises on notice that he is going to be a threat for years to come.
Late in the 2011 season, Peterson tore his ACL in his left knee late in a game against the Redskins. Many questioned whether or not Peterson would be ready for the 2013 campaign.
After starting all 16 regular season games, rushing for the second most yards in a single season, and winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award, I think its safe to say Peterson put any doubts about him being able to bounce back from an ACL injury to rest.
Sounds familiar, right?
Peterson’s recovery rate from the injury was nothing short of amazing, and after hearing the news that Griffin III appears ahead of schedule in his rehab, could number 10 be following the MVP to a record-breaking season?
In Week 6 of the 2012 season, Washington and Minnesota squared off at FedExField and while the Redskins would send the Vikings home with a loss, one play stands out the most–Griffin III’s 76-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Griffin III would finish the day with 13 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson on the other hand, would carry the pigskin 17 times for 79 yards and failed to enter the endzone.
Now some have mentioned their fears that the “Madden Curse” is alive and while for years that may have indeed been the case, the last few cover athletes performances have proven otherwise.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Bress have been on the cover and have appeared in all 16 regular season contests.
So, do you want Griffin III to be the first Washington Redskins player to be on the cover?
If you do then click on the link here, and if not then you can go on living your life and put any fears of a Madden ‘curse’ aside.
Speaking of Griffin III and brackets–Number 10 and Alfred Morris were the headliners for one of the greatest draft classes in franchise history.
Is it the best class ever, though?
In the finals of the Redskins Top 32 Draft Classes bracket, 2012 squares off with the 1981 class that features Mark May, Russ Grimm, and Dexter Manley.
So, which class will be crowned the best draft class in franchise history?
Click on the link here to let us know. Voting runs through Monday, April 8th at noon.
Hail to the Redskins!
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