Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has run his way to a place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a National Football League rookie.
Griffin gave his game-worn jersey and cleats to a representative from the Canton, Ohio-based Hall of Fame yesterday, two days after breaking Cam Newton’s single-season rookie record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He ran for 72 yards on five carries in the Redskins’ 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Dec. 3, giving him 714 rushing yards on the season.
Griffin, the second pick in this year’s NFL draft after winning the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player, has helped lead the Redskins to three straight wins and into playoff contention at 6-6.
“Everyone wants to be in the Hall of Fame, so we’re in there,” Griffin III told reporters yesterday. “But I’ve got a long career, preferably, and this is only the first step. It’s an honor to have my jersey and my cleats -- when they are very dirty -- in the Hall of Fame.”
Newton rushed for 706 yards last year, when he also set a rookie record with 4,051 passing yards. Michael Vick holds the NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, with 1,039 in 2006.