A fantastic rookie year for Washington Redskins quarterback and second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft culminated tonight in the only way it could -- Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year awward for Robert Griffin III. Griffin had already won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year award.
|Offensive Rookie of the Year voting|
|Player||No. of votes|
|Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins||29|
|Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts||11|
|Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks||10|
"Well, it’s a truly a blessing to be up here and be able to stand, first and foremost,” said Griffin accepting the award. “I had a tough injury there at the end of the season. I thank our coaches, thank our players. I want to give a hand clap for Alfred Morris, who’s also up for this award. All the competition for this award was extremely good. … It seems like the league’s in good hands with the young quarterbacks," he added, referencing other star rookie passers like Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, the first overall pick in the Draft, and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, a third round selection.
Griffin walked with a slight limp, having relied on crutches for the past two weeks since having recontructive surgery on his right knee to repair the torn ACL.
Griffin completed 65.6 percent of his passes this year, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt, both numbers among the best in the entire league. Griffin threw for 20 touchdowns and ran for another seven against only five interceptions and two fumbles lost. Griffin's 815 rushing yards [6.8 yards per attempt] is the most in NFL history by a rookie quarterback. His passer rating of 102.4 is the highest in NFL history for a rookie and he became the first rookie quarterback since Dan Marino in 1983 to be originally selected to the Pro Bowl.