Robert Lee Griffin III was born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on February 12, 1990. A quarterback for the Washington Redskins, he picked up the Heisman Trophy and was a consensus All-American in 2011. After turning professional, he was named as the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is nicknamed RG3.
Griffin was born in Japan, where his parents were stationed as U.S. Army sergeants. He later went to Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas and excelled at football, basketball and track. Griffin led the school's football team to a 13–2 season in his senior year. After initially committing to the University of Houston, Griffin later switched and signed for Baylor.
In 2008, Griffin was named as the Big 12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year and also received Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors from coaches and the media. An injury kept him out for most of the 2009 season, but Griffin returned in 2010 and the team finished with a 7–6 record. Then, in 2011, Griffin led the team to a 10-3 record and a win in the Alamo Bowl. He became Baylor's first Heisman Trophy winner and was voted College Football Player of the Year by the Associated Press.
The Washington Redskins picked Griffin as the number two pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and he made his debut in a 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints in September, drawing rave reviews and becoming the first NFL starting quarterback to be born in the 1990s. His performance saw him named as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and the NFL Rookie of the Week. At the end of September, he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month. In November, Griffin broke various records during a 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, including becoming the youngest player in the history of the NFL to achieve a perfect passer rating. At the end of the season, he was given NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the Pro Bowl, although injuries meant that he was replaced by Drew Brees.
After missing all of the pre-season games through injury, Griffin's 2013 season was less successful, as he struggled to recapture his fine form from the previous year.
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