Usually the role of team captains are voted on and handed out during training camp and/or the preseason however in special occasions special exceptions are made and Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is the epitome of special.
On Thursday, RG3 made his debut as a team captain on the Redskins practice facility after being voted as such by his fellow offensive players on the previous day. Head coach Mike Shanahan said he believes that this is the first time in his 17-year career as an NFL head coach that he has ever had a rookie in such a leadership position on any of his teams.
When asked about his new role on the team Griffin had the following to say in response, “You just know that everybody’s looking at me to be the guy, to make everything work. To me, that’s not pressure. But I just echo it to everyone else that it’s not just me. People will say it’s me and I’ll get all the blame and all the fame, but it’s the guys around me that make me great.”
Griffin is now the second offensive captain on the Redskins along with starting left tackle Trent Williams while Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen and London Fletcher are the defensive captains and Lorenzo Alexander is the only captain on their special teams unit.
The 3-6 Redskins are coming off of their bye week and will host their likewise 3-6 divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at FedEx giving RG3 the first time to show off his captain C on his jersey in front of the home crowd in attempts to keep his team alive in the postseason chase.