After Osi Umenyiora said that Robert Griffin III hadn’t earned his nickname yet, it took only one game for him to reverse his position on the subject. But the Vikings’ Jared Allen isn’t so easily impressed.
“I’m not going to crown him anything yet,” Allen told Comcast SportsNet after Sunday’s game. “He had a good game. Hats off to him, he ran really well. But to be great in this league, you have to do it for years and years and years. So, I wish him all the best, except next time when we play him.”
The phrase “ran really well” doesn’t begin to cover it. His 138 rushing yards on Sunday gave him the franchise record for single-game rushing yardage by a quarterback. He also now holds the franchise record for total rushing yards by a quarterback with 379, and his 76-yard touchdown run was the longest by an NFL quarterback since 1996.
He’s not even halfway through the season; surely he’s earned some sort of “crown.” Rookie Prince? Concussion Recovery King? How about Duke of Totally Owned the Vikings Defense?
Allen’s teammates were a little more free with the praise for the rookie quarterback.
“I’m an RGIII fan,” said Percy Harvin, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He made a big play for the team, so all the better for him.”
Adrian Peterson was also impressed: “He is a pretty different player. Like I told him, ‘You have the heart of a champion.'”
Just not the crown yet.