Week 1 of the NFL 2012 season was heralded to be an astonishing display of talent among 5 NFL rookie starting quarterbacks, but only one lived up to the hype, etching his way into history and becoming a worldwide trend on Twitter.
The enthusiasm across social media was insane. Twitter hashtags with #RG3, RGIII and Redskins permeated the site for several hours. The wild fanfare and excitement was in homage to the quarterback of the hour who was lighting up the Superdome like Christmas with his poise and wizardry passing.
I mean, yeah, we knew the dude could throw. But did you see that first quarter connect to Pierre Garcon, who managed to get open crossing the middle of the field to snare the pass from RGII and take it in for an 88-yard touchdown?
Talk about an instant ESPN Top 10 Highlight!
Griffin’s tenacity on the field made a statement in his debut NFL game—that he is this year’s premier rookie quarterback. He made the 40-32 victory at New Orleans look like a feat he had achieved all his life. And with each dismantling of the Saints defense, Griffin set a new record.
No other rookie quarterback had ever thrown for more than 300 yards and at least two touchdowns without an interception. And if that fact doesn’t get you, how about this? As part of his 19-26, 320-yard effort, Griffin posted the best rating (139.9) for a quarterback in his debut game. Not bad, eh?
Griffin also received some big time help from others in his supporting cast, like rookie running back Alfred Morris, who ran for 96 yards and scored two touchdowns. The offensive line also held its own, doing a spectacular job of restricting a Saints defense that continues to struggle under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
I’m sure there are some who would like to dismiss Griffin’s win as beginner’s luck. Either that, or there will be the argument that the Saints are just rebounding after the bounty scandal that shook up the franchise’s organization from top to bottom. But I have a few choice words for those people.
First, Griffin doesn’t need luck when he has talent. And any rookie quarterback who can go into the Superdome and win convincingly in one of the NFL’s toughest environments proves to me that he’s got swag.
Beverly Vereen: Social Media Editor. Feature Writer. SportsAnalyst. Photographer. Publicist. And a Jack Daniels connoisseur. She graduated from the University of NorthCarolina and is a native of North Carolina. She currently resides in Charlotte. Follow her on twitter @iwritergirl. just click on button.