RG3 bringing the Redskins back in to relevance

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is finally the gunslinger all Washington fans have been waiting for. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is finally the gunslinger all Washington fans have been waiting for. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com blogger

On Monday night, the chants echoed and reverberated around FedEx Field, rising louder and louder. “R-G-3, R-G-3, R-G-3!” The cacophonous din was aimed at rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III (RG3), who had just capped off his first Monday Night Football appearance in a wildly entertaining victory over their heated division rival Giants. With his ever constant big play potential and athletic versatility, RG3 is managing to singlehandedly revitalize the Redskins football franchise, inspire its long-suffering fan base, and establish himself as one of the most electric young superstars in the game today.

So far in his brief career, RG3 has managed to post impressive rookie statistics, throwing for 2,660 yards and 17 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions in 12 games. Due to the fact he is a superfreak athlete, he has also garnered 714 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Yet the statistics are only half the real story.

RG3 has additionally captivated Washington fans and the sporting world was his amiable demeanor and natural leadership qualities, and coupled with his electric playing style, seemingly re-animated longstanding Redskins teammates and infused the team with a new sense of purpose and relevance. He was recently anointed a team captain by the Redskins veterans, signifying their high opinion of his maturity and poise. He’s down-to-earth and very polite in his media interviews and interactions with fans, and is aware of the immense pressure residing on his shoulders.

RG3’s physical gifts make him a difficult opponent to plan against, particularly because of his game-changing ability to take off and run. He is very quick and versatile, and can scramble out of dangerous situations with ease. He is also immensely benefitting from several key offensive pieces that include veteran burner Santana Moss, big play enthusiast Pierre Garcon, and rookie running back Alfred Morris, who just eclipsed the coveted 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season.

Right before the 2012 NFL Draft, I composed a column discussing the momentous impact RG3 could have on the Redskins franchise. So far, he has managed to achieved that and much more. His jersey recently topped the bestseller list, and he is well on his way to becoming a sports legend in D.C.

RG3 exemplifies how the drama and storytelling aspects of professional sports can reach virtually mythic proportions. It was chilling watching him walk out from under the tunnel Monday night to the deafening chants of “R-G-3, R-G-3.” He is Washington’s new savior, a young face of the franchise who has infused their long suffering fan base with purpose, inspiration, and most important of all, pride.

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