Rookie QB Robert Griffin III Makes Impressive NFL Debut, Is The Hype Real? (Poll)

By Staff  |  09/10/2012

Robert Griffin III

Rookie Robert Griffin III, the #2 overall pick of the 2012 Draft, made his NFL debut on Sunday (September 9), and proved that the hype was real when he led the Washington Redskins to a victory in the Big Easy.

The 22-year-old Heisman Trophy winner showed poise and composure, only scrambling when needed, and finishing out the day with 19 of 26 with no interceptions, 320 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also scrambled for 42 yards.

His performance was one of the best debuts for a rookie quarterback in NFL history. He's behind only Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who holds the NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie, when he recorded 22 in 2011.

"I've won a high school state championship and a bowl game in college, but to play in the NFL, the pinnacle of it all, and win your first game against a Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, it's at the top," Griffin said while cradling the game ball he had just been given. "After the game, (Brees) told me he was proud of me. That's big for him to say after he just lost the game."

Griffin has a passer rating of 139.9.

Can RBG3 continue the performance into the season? Tell us what you think?