The training wheels are off of Robert Griffin III. No longer are his accomplishments compared to those of other rookies. He is doing things that no other quarterback, regardless of his level of experience, has ever done before.
Griffin completed 17 of 22 passes (77.2%) for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception. On 13 rushing attempts he ran for 138 yards and two TD’s.
In at least the last 52 years, no NFL quarterback has had such a good day both running and passing. Checking records going back to 1960 reveals that no NFL player has ever run for 135 yards or more and passed for at least 180 yards in the same game. That covers a lot of games and a lot of players.
The combination of a quarterback completing at least 75 percent of his passes (minimum of 10 attempts) and rushing for 130 yards also has never been done.
Not Vick. Not Cam. Not Steve Young. Nobody ever.
One more “never has been done before” for RG3. According to the Elias Sports Bureau Griffin became the first player in NFL to throw for a touchdown and rush for a touchdown of 75 yards or longer in the same season. In the season opener Griffin threw an 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon.
That is why we are getting statements like this one from Dan Hanzus of NFL.com: “Any argument over who's the most electrifying player in the NFL ends with the video above.”
The referenced video is, of course, of RG3’s game clinching 76-yard TD run. Go ahead, take another look. You know you want to.