A few weeks back ESPN’s Mike Sando conducted a study on the average age of starters for each team entering the 2013 season and while the Redskins starting 11 on defense ranks as the second oldest (only the Steelers D can claim to be more “seasoned”) the offense’s 11 is filled with young, talented players.
Last year the rookie duo of Robert Griffin III (then 22) and Alfred Morris ( then 24) where not only a reason why the burgundy and gold’s average starter age dropped, but of course bringing our Nation’s Capital its first NFC East title since 1999 as well.
With Major League Baseball currently seeing a surge in production from highly touted, first year players, NFL.com has piggybacked off their record numbers to bring to light some of the greatest debuts in league history.
While some on the list go as far back as when the world was black and white, we all know what colors Griffin III wore last year.
NFL.com looked back on 10 of the greatest debuts in the league’s first 92 years of existence.
After being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft No. 10 was instantly anointed as the Redskins starting quarterback.
While Redskins Nation (and teammates) got a glimpse of just how special the Heisman-winner was through the dog days of summer, his performance in preseason games meant little in the long run—they wanted to see him in “real” game action.
On September 9th they got their chance.
Against a New Orleans Saints defense that had given up the third most passing yards in 2011 and recorded only nine interceptions, No. 10 made it seem as if he was still at Baylor going against a college secondary.
“The big talking point surrounding the 2012 NFL Draft was RGIII’s league readiness. All of this talk caused RGIII to take the field for the Washington Redskins with a chip on his shoulder as he began his rookie year with 320 passing yards and two touchdowns.”
Unless you promised yourself no television, internet, texting or human interaction over the last nine months you know No. 10’s brilliance didn’t stop there.
“Griffin managed to stay hot passing for 1,067 yards, rushing for 234 yards, and racking up eight total touchdowns over the course of his first four starts. Griffin capped off this incredible 2012 rookie year by taking home the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.”
Bravo again, Robert!
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