Robert Griffin, III On Being Your New Redskins Quarterback

RG3 made his first appearance as a Washington Redskin in front of thousands of fans at FedEx Field yesterday.

Before meeting fans Robert spoke to the media about being the face of the franchise, and how he'll reign as the new QB.

“You try not to expect anything in life or assume anything, so I’ll work toward being the starting quarterback on day one.

Griffin is looking forward, not backward, ready to use the weapons he has available to help make the team a success.

“I try not to take the weight of the past 20 years on my own shoulders. I realize there are other guys on this team that can help us be successful. I don’t have to do everything. All of these guys are very talented – many all-Americans, many all-conference players. Everybody’s on this team for a reason. They want to win, and they’re good at what they do, so I don’t have to do everything by myself.

RG3 makes it official.  Photo CD Brown.

I need to just be myself, go out and work hard, learn the offense, continue to do the things that help me be successful as an individual and help build that through the team with the qualities I can help add to a team.”

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RG3 wasn't the only quarterback the Redskins chose in this year's draft.  They also selected Michigan State quarterback, Kirk Cousins. 

The team released quarterback John Beck, (borrowing the phrase from Coach Shanahan) "for obvious reasons".  The team retained last year's QB Rex Grossman. 

When the dust cleared, the Redskins selected a total of nine players from the 2012 NFL Draft.


1 (2) QB Robert Griffin III Baylor

3 (71) G Josh LeRibeus SMU

4 (102) QB Kirk Cousins Michigan State

4 (119) LB Keenan Robinson Texas

5 (141) G Adam Gettis Iowa

6 (173) RB Alfred Morris Florida Atlantic

6 (193) OT Tom Compton South Dakota

7 (213) CB Richard Crawford SMU

7 (217) S Jordan Bernstine Iowa

Draft trivia:

With their selections, the Redskins made more than seven picks for the fifth time since the institution of the seven round draft in 1994. This is the first time in that frame in which the Redskins picked more than seven in consecutive years (12 – 2011 NFL Draft).   They selected two sets of college teammates  (CB Richard Crawford and G Josh LeRibeus from SMU, G Adam Gettis and S Jordan Bernstine from Iowa). The last time the Redskins took two sets of college teammates was in 1992, when the team drafted WR Desmond Howard and C Matt Elliott from Michigan and G Paul Siever and WR Terry Smith from Penn State.

The last time the Redskins selected a set of college teammates in consecutive years was in the 1992 and 1993 NFL Drafts. In addition to the 1992 players listed above the Redskins selected DB Tom Carter and RB Reggie Brooks from Notre Dame in 1993. Last year, the Redskins selected RB Roy Helu, S DeJon Gomes and WR Niles Paul, all from Nebraska.

The Redskins selected four players who played collegiately in the state of Texas for the first time since the institution of the seven round draft in 1994. The four players selected by the Redskins who played in the state of Texas are the most the team has taken from any state since 1985.

The last time the Redskins drafted three players from the Big 10 Conference was in 1988 when they selected Minnesota kicker Chip Lohmiller (second round), Michigan running back Jamie Morris (fourth round) and Ohio State tackle Henry Brown (10th round).