It's been a long time since I sought out a Washington Redskins game. With quarterbacks like Rex Grossman, John Beck, Jason Campbell, even an out-of-shape Donovan McNabb, it didn't inspire a lot of "Must-See TV" in the nation's capital.
One draft pick last April changed all of those nightmares into dreams. Now myself and fans everywhere actively seek out the Redskins every week and have seen things never seen before on an NFL field. And it's all thanks to RG3.
The incomparable Robert Griffin III. The first man with a Roman Numeral on the back of his jersey, RG3 has taken the league, fans and fantasy football owners by storm in his rookie campaign.
He's brought life back to Redskins football and the way he's doing it is as impressive off the field as it is on it. Obviously I don't know Griffin personally, but by the way he carries himself and conducts interviews, it's easy to see why he's successful.
RG3 was a guy who could get me to watch a Baylor game last year. Every week he was doing something else incredible and I got a front seat on the "RG3 for Heisman" bandwagon. Of course he won the award, while remaining humble and grounded.
Now the Redskins are in playoff contention and no one doubts RG3 is the man for the job. Still an uphill battle to make serious noise in the NFC, Washington will be a dangerous team to face in the last month of the season, and hopefully, the playoffs.
On Thanksgiving, Griffin showed off his arm strength with 70-yard bombs for touchdowns, while achieving a perfect passer rating. Monday night, he hurt the Giants with his explosive running ability, even withstanding hits to keep the clock running.
His style has been questioned due to the number of hits he is taking, and it's a serious concern. He will need to take precaution when running out of the pocket. But now's not the time to try and change anything about this guy.
I don't think I've seen anyone throw a ball further in the air then I've seen numerous times for completions this season. Oh how I wish they would bring back the "NFL Quarterback Challenge" they used to do during Pro Bowl week. Griffin is made for that competition. Accuracy, speed and how-far-can-you-throw-it competitions - -- he's doing all those things every Sunday.
Do the Redskins have enough around him yet? The playoffs would be a perfect stage to continue this rookie year spectacular. If not this year, the future is bright. Like a sign I saw Monday night at FedEx Field in Washington: "Griffmas is here." The playoffs would be a perfect stage to continue this rookie year spectacular.
While it may sound weird, and it's certainly strange saying, make sure to watch the Redskins. It's appointment television and RG3 is the star of the show.