Robert Griffin III joins elite company through the air, on the ground

December 26, 2012

 

Robert Griffin III didn’t have his usual productivity in the run game on Sunday against Philadelphia. But Griffin did just enough both with his legs, in addition to throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns, to reach another milestone.

Griffin, who on Sunday played for the first time in two weeks after injuring his knee, became only the second quarterback in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 750 yards in the same season.

The 198 passing yards brought Griffin’s season total to 3,100. His four rushing yards gave him 752 on the season.

Until Sunday, only Philadelphia’s Randall Cunningham had been the only quarterback to do so. In 1990, Cunningham threw for 3,466 yards on 272 completions and rushed for 942 yards on 118 carries.

Michael Vick in 2006 broke Cunningham’s record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, rushing for 1,039 yards on 123 carries. Vick, then a member of the Atlanta Falcons, threw for 2,474 yards that season.

Cam Newton last season passed for 4,051 yards (the rookie passing yards record until Andrew Luck broke it on Sunday), but rushed for 706 yards, which was also a record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback until Griffin broke it four games ago.

Griffin is 48 yards shy of becoming the fourth quarterback in history (Cunningham, Bobby Douglas, and Vick) to rush for 800 yards in a season.

– Who should be the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III? Click here to vote over at the Early Lead.

 
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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