NewsOK Search

New role for 'even hungrier' RG3: Redskins captain

November 14, 2012

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III made his debut as an NFL captain with typical RG3 flair, wearing mismatched shoes, saying he's "even hungrier" following a few days off and lamenting that he likely won't get to play against Michael Vick on Sunday.

The Redskins' offensive players voted Wednesday to make their quarterback a team captain for the rest of the season. Coach Mike Shanahan said he believes it's the first time he's had a rookie in such a leadership position.

(Story continued below...)

"You just know that everybody's looking at me to be the guy, to make everything work," Griffin said. "To me, that's not pressure. But I just echo it to everyone else that it's not just me. People will say it's me and I'll get all the blame and all the fame, but it's the guys around me that make me great."

The title merely confirms reality. From the day he arrived, Griffin has eagerly seized the leadership role that comes with being an NFL starting quarterback and is the primary reason the Redskins (3-6) have a modicum of hope that they can turn their season around.

Shanahan typically lets his players vote for an initial set of captains before the season, then takes another vote around the midpoint of the schedule. Griffin joins left tackle Trent Williams as the captains on offense. Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen were added to London Fletcher on defense. Lorenzo Alexander remains the sole special teams captain.

Griffin said he's re-energized after taking a few days "to get away from the familiar" during the bye week. He feels the playoffs remain a realistic goal for the Redskins because the rest of the NFC East has also been struggling.

"I can back even hungrier. ... I thought I was hungry before the bye week," Griffin said. "You come back and you realize just how much more energy you have, just having that week off."

He certainly didn't lose his creativity. For practice, Griffin wore a red shoe on his left foot and a white shoe on the right foot.

"In college I used to wear a white shoe and a black shoe," Griffin said. "And the whole message is everybody's working together. Wednesday, Thursday, the shoes will be different — and Friday we bring it all together and get ready for Sunday."

In his brief NFL career, Griffin has evoked comparisons with many mobile quarterbacks, but Vick's name is the one that comes up most often. The two met when Vick spoke at this year's NFL rookie symposium, with Vick saying he looked forward to their first meeting on the field.

Continued on Page 2
Show comments