Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ breathtakingly superb rookie quarterback, is now Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ Pro Bowl quarterback.
The accomplishments continued to pile up for Griffin in his sensational first NFL season when he was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team to be announced Wednesday evening. Griffin’s selection
was confirmed by a person with knowledge of the situation was announced by the NFL. He and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan will back up Green Bay starter Aaron Rodgers.
Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander also made the NFC team. Linebacker London Fletcher and rookie tailback Alfred Morris were named as alternates.
Williams, the fourth overall pick in 2010, flourished into one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen this season, the leader of a unit that powered the fourth-highest scoring offense in the NFL. At this time last year, Williams was finishing a four-game suspension for failing multiple drug tests.
Alexander, a sixth-year pro who also plays linebacker for the Redskins, made the team after leading the league with 19 special teams tackles and anchoring a kickoff unit that has limited opponents to 23.4 yards per kickoff return (seventh in the NFC).
Griffin has thrown 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions and has the Redskins within one victory of the NFC East title. He is tied with San Francisco’s Alex Smith as the league’s second-rated passer, behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. And he has run with the ball almost as effectively as he has thrown it.
The expectations for him were huge when the Redskins traded up in the NFL draft order to select Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner last season in college at Baylor, with the second overall choice in April. But he has delivered as expected, and then some. His Pro Bowl selection came as no surprise to those at Redskins Park.
“I would be surprised if Robert wasn’t a Pro Bowl quarterback,” veteran tight end Chris Cooley said earlier Wednesday. “I think he’s done a great job. I think he’s changed the game in a lot of ways as far as what he does. I know preparing for us for other teams is extremely hard. And that’s completely because of the way Robert plays football. And he’s been exceptional. I mean, the guy hasn’t turned the ball over. He’s put up great numbers throughout the year. He’s had a great quarterback percentage throughout the year. That’s all you can ask for a guy. And beyond that, which no one sees, is he’s the leader of this football team.”