Praise of rookie sensation Robert Griffin III reached new, and somewhat blasphemous, heights when Washington Redskins tight end, Fred Davis, called his quarterback “Black Jesus”, following RGIII’s performance on Sunday.
“You really can’t say much more,” Davis said. “I mean, like I said, he’s Black Jesus right now. He saved us today. He’s a great player. He makes plays. And he did what he had to do on that third down. We’ve been talking about him protecting himself a lot more, but he seen an opening and made a play. And what can you say? I mean, he’s a great player.”
Granted, Griffin was spectacular in the home win against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, but naming him as the savior may be a bit much.
There was a miraculous feel to the rookie’s spectacular play this week, especially after having been knocked out of last week’s games against the Atlanta Falcons with what coach Mike Shanahan termed as a “mild” concussion. Throughout the week there was constant speculation as to whether he would play against the Vikings, or not. Even more importantly, the question was asked whether he should play so soon after suffering a concussion.
Rumors are circulating about possible fines coming to the Redskins for violating league rules concerning RGIII’s injury, but after winning in such emphatic fashion, the team is not likely to doubt their decision to let him play. Instead, the Redskins will be looking forward to next week, riding the momentum of beating the now 4-2 Vikings, into their first of two meetings with the New York Giants.
Black Jesus may be stretching the limits of what could called politically correct, but Griffin’s 76-yard touchdown run capping off a 38-26 victory, was so graceful it made walking on water seem like a real possibility for Washington’s rising star.
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