In the first of many awards to come for Robert Griffin III, the young Washington Redskins quarterback was named Offensive Rookie of the Month for September by the National Football League today.
The award certainly comes as no surprise -- indeed it would have been shocking had any other player walked off with the recognition. Through the first four games of his pro career, RG3 has completed 69.4% of his passes for 1070 yards and 4 TD against only one interception. His passer rating of 103.2 places him among the very elite at his position. He has also rushed for 234 yards and another 4 TD, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. He is on a pace to break Cam Newton's record of 14 rushing touchdowns by a QB in a single season, set by the then-rookie Carolina Panthers signal-caller last season. Griffin's 4 rushing touchdowns are tied for the most in the NFL with Houston Texans tailback Arian Foster and Griffin's fellow rookie and teammate Alfred Morris.
RG3 leads an offense first in rushing yards per game [175.5], fourth in points [30.8] and third in yardage .
There are five rookie quarterbacks starting this season and Griffin leads them all in yards passing, yards rushing, touchdown-to-interception ratio, completion percentage and passer rating.
RG3 is the first Redskin to win Offensive Rookie of the Month since then-LT Chris Samuels did it in October of 2000. OLB Ryan Kerrigan won Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in September of last season.