Conventional wisdom holds that huge sporting victories are often more emotionally thrilling for fans than for the athletes who’ve won them.
Maybe the conventional wisdom doesn’t hold for this Redskins team. At least two members of the team suggested after the game that this was the best moment of their young lives, and at least one admitted to shedding tears of joy.
“Hopefully we can win the overall championship of the league, but this is the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Robert Griffin III said at his press conference. “I sat in the locker room at a loss for words, just because it’s that important to us. We went out and did what we said we were gonna do. We won seven straight, won our division. And now we’re in the playoffs, and now it’s up to us to decide how far we want to go.”
“You know what, this is the most excited I think I’ve been in my life,” fullback Darrel Young told Comcast SportsNet’s Rob Carlin as he walked off the field. “We accomplished what we said we were gonna do on day one. This is a big turnaround from two years ago and last year man. We just wanted to fight, but we’re not done yet. We’re excited about this, but we’ve got a goal.”
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” linebacker Rob Jackson told Comcast SportsNet. “I really can’t explain it. I was really excited. A couple tears came to my eyes, actually. It’s a great feeling, something I would love to enjoy for a while. It just feels good….This is my dream. It’s my dream.”
And if you’re worried about them being satisfied with this, well, the leader says don’t worry.
“I think it’s safe to say I’m the happiest guy in the room,” Griffin also said. “I was 9 years old in 1999, so I stand before you 22, and the Redskins are NFC East champions. So to me it’s just incredible. Talking to Alfred after the game, this is the first time the Redskins have been champs since ’99, and we came in and we did it in one year. The sky’s the limit for this team, not only this year but in the future, but we’re definitely looking to capitalize on it this year….
“We want to go all the way, but it starts with Seattle. That’s all we’ve got on our mind. I don’t know about the other guys — they’ll probably celebrate a little bit tonight — but I’ll probably be thinking about that game already, since I usually don’t celebrate. But after we go out and do what we want to do and win the Super Bowl, then I’ll celebrate with everybody.”