Redskins players elect Robert Griffin III a team captain

Robert Griffin III with fellow rookie QB Andrew Luck after a preseason game (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)


Redskins players elected rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III a team captain, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.

Shanahan said he could not recall one of his teams ever electing a rookie as a captain previously.

“It’s very hard to vote a rookie to be your captain,” Shanahan said. “But midway through the season, you say, ‘Hey, he’s our leader.’ ”

The Redskins held elections after their bye week to add captains to those already in place from the outset of the season.

The team’s players voted for Griffin and defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen as new captains. They’ll join left tackle Trent Williams, linebacker London Fletcher and special teams standout Lorenzo Alexander.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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