It comes as little surprise that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was named Wednesday to the NFL Pro Bowl taking place Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Griffin has completed 249-of-375 passes this season (66.4 percent) for 3,100 yards with 20 touchdowns, only five interceptions and a passer rating of 104.1 He holds at least a share of team rookie records for passing attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns and is on target to set team rookie records for completion percentage and passer ratings. Additionally, he has rushed 114 times for 752 yards with six rushing touchdowns. His 6.6 yards per carry average leads the NFL among players with at least 100 rushing attempts.
Griffin is the first rookie quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl in Redskins history. Prior to 2012, only six rookie quarterbacks in NFL history had been named to the contest.
Linebacker/special teamer Lorenzo Alexander and tackle Trent Williams will also join Griffin in Hawaii. Additionally, London Fletcher and Alfred Morris were selected as alternates for the annual contest of the AFC and NFC’s best.
Alexander is in his third season as the Redskins special teams captain. A two-time recipient for Walter Payton Man of the Year, he has played eight different positions in six NFL seasons. He is the first Redskin since long snapper Ethan Albright (2007) selected to the Pro Bowl on the basis of special teams play.
In his second season as an offensive captain for the Redskins, Williams anchors an offensive line that has helped the Redskins average a league-high 162.3 rushing yards per game this season. He has helped rookie running back Alfred Morris shatter team rookie rushing records, as well as bring Morris to within 104 yards of breaking the Redskins’ single-season rushing record. Despite suffering several injuries this season, Williams is one start away – Sunday against the Cowboys – from having started all 16 games in a season for the first time in his career.
The Redskins have had at least one Pro Bowl player for 19 straight seasons.