Robert Griffin III: Winning for Redskins’ veterans one of his top motivations

November 29, 2012

Robert Griffin III and the Redskins aim to improve to 6-6 Monday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Today’s column by Jason Reid takes a look at the leadership qualities that Robert Griffin III has brought to the Washington Redskins despite being a rookie.

Griffin arrived at Redskins Park saying and doing the right things and earned the trust and respect of his teammates. Evidence of this was more clear than ever just after the bye, when Griffin was voted by those veterans to be one of their captains.

Griffin hasn’t disappointed, and since the ‘C’ was stitched on his chest, he has elevated his game even further, while also becoming even more vocal.

Griffin said on Wednesday winning for those veterans – guys that have endured years of losing despite giving their all – stands out as one of his greatest motivations.

“You want to do it for them,” Griffin said. “When I was in college, I wanted to do it for the seniors when I was a freshman and now that I’m a rookie, you want to do it for those vets.”

Griffin and the Redskins have won back-to-back games for the first time since the first two weeks of the 2011 season. And for the first time since 2008, Washington enters the month of December with a meaningful game on tap.

The Redskins believe that they can continue their run and that they remain capable of doing something special this year.

“You can definitely sense it,” Griffin said. “Late in the game against the Cowboys, London [Fletcher] came up and talked to me during the game, which he usually never talks to me during the game. I think he’s in his own world as well. You can feel the excitement they have about what we have brewing here.

Fletcher came up to Griffin and commended the rookie, who had brushed off an interception on the previous drive and then marched his team into scoring position and after Kai Forbath made a 48-yard field goal to put Washington ahead 38-31.

“He said that it was a big drive and [was] just telling me that’s what we have to do no matter what. We came off the previous drive with an interception and it was gut check time, and we definitely checked their gut,” Griffin said with a grin.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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