Robert Griffin III takes Pro Bowl selection in stride

Robert Griffin III was selected to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

 

A day after becoming a Pro Bowl quarterback, Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III said he “didn’t really have too much of a reaction” when he was given the news Wednesday by Coach Mike Shanahan.

Griffin was selected to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday along with Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and special teams standout Lorenzo Alexander. Linebacker London Fletcher and rookie tailback Alfred Morris were named alternates.

“Coach told me,” Griffin said Thursday at Redskins Park. “I didn’t really have too much of a reaction. We’re all focused on the Cowboys. So we know we’ve got this game ahead of us. But I try to tell the guys and I wanted to tell them, so I’ll tell them through you guys, that as a player, I feel like you never play for awards. Everybody in this locker room has a part of myself, Trent, ‘Zo, Alfred and London making it to the Pro Bowl.

“If everybody could go, we’d take everybody. But it’s just there’s no individual awards, in my opinion, in football. You don’t get these kinds of awards unless you’re winning. And we’ve won six straight. People are starting to recognize that. We’ve just got to make that keep going.”

Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner last season in college at Baylor, said he was forced to absorb a bit of verbal abuse from his offensive linemen during Thursday’s practice about his latest achievement.

“There was a lot of ribbing,” Griffin said. “We went out and the first play in the huddle, all the offensive linemen said, ‘Aw, man, we can’t tell this guy anything any more.’ They can poke and prod at me all they want. It’s nothing that bothers me. It’s funny. And they know that they have a part in that as well because they’ve protected me. They’ve blocked hard for Alfred. And they’ve been the reason that we’ve been able to win this year.”

Griffin said he’s never been to Hawaii, where the Pro Bowl is played. He said family members will be his guests.

“We’ll see how many family members I get to take, or how many they’re going to pay for,” Griffin said. “I try not to spend too much money. So we’ll see what happens.”

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