On Saturday, quarterback
As a video package of No. 10’s best highlights from his first season played on the HD video boards, Griffin III attempted to enter FedExField incognito, but the Redskins faithful had waited all day for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year to show up and weren’t going to miss his arrival.
As Griffin III took the stage 'R-G-3' chants filled the air over FedExField.
“You wouldn’t expect anything less from the best fans in the NFL,” Griffin III said with a giant smile. “I’m feeling good, rehab's going great, we’re having a great draft right now, and I’m all in for Week 1, just like you guys are.”
Griffin III amassed 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns along with an additional 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns and multiple highlight reel plays en route to the franchise’s first NFC East title since 1999.
While it was difficult for Griffin III to pinpoint his favorite moment from the 2012 season, beating the Dallas Cowboys rates highly on his accomplishments for the year.
“You’ve got to start with the last game against the Cowboys,” Griffin III said when asked of a favorite moment. “
"We had a lot of good moments, I mean they showed [on the video boards] the [76-yard] touchdown run, I think that was a classic, but last year was a lot of fun and we’re looking to go even farther this year.”
After winning the NFC East, the Redskins entered the playoffs riding a wave of momentum thanks to a lengthy win streak to end the season. However, in their first round playoff matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, Griffin III suffered tears to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
He gave those in attendance a positive report of how his progress is coming along after surgery during the offseason.
“I’m good. You guys saw me jumping; I can run a little bit [too]. So I’ll be good, no worries,” Griffin III said with a smile on his face. “I’ll take it slow, but at the same time I’ll be ready to go.”
No. 10 isn’t the only player returning from injury, though, as defensive playmakers and former Pro Bowlers
The captain gave his thoughts on having all three ready to go at full strength in 2013 as well as having his entire offensive line back to protect him again.
“The biggest thing is we’ve got our whole offense line back, so to have that chemistry is good; we added some competition on the offensive line, got Fred Davis back. His injury was big for us last year so to have him back is a good thing,” Griffin III said of the keys on offense. “On defense, we’re getting [Brandon] Meriweather back [and] we get [Brian] Orakpo back.”
In 2012, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan implemented read-option plays into the playbook to suit the strengths of the former Heisman-winner and after leading the league in rushing, Griffin III said that the offense is ready to expand the attack even further.
“It’s something that I’ve done my whole career so I’m not against it, but it’s not something we’ll really have to work on,” Griffin III said of the read-option. “We work on our others things in our offense so we can open [up] everything else.”
As the crowd was able to fully soak in the fact that the quarterback was one again back at FedExField, all the memories from his first year resurfaced as the fans once again voiced their approval of the second overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft with a second RG3 chant.
FedExField, however, wasn’t the only stadium where his name was caroled.
“That sounds familiar,” Griffin III said as he made reference to Thanksgiving Day at Dallas when RG3 chants were heard in rival territory. “We made Cowboys Stadium our home and that’s what we want to continue to do."
Before leaving the party, Griffin III had one final message for all Redskins fans after his first season.
“You all are the best, that’s for sure. You know what I learned is, I said it during the season, when it’s time for us to show up and show out, you guys show up and show out for us.
“You can’t leave here without saying HTTR: Hail to the Redskins, baby.”