Robert Griffin III is going to the Pro Bowl.
The Washington Redskins quarterback was one of two rookies to make the NFC team, as announced by the NFL on Wednesday night. Griffin on Sunday became just the second quarterback in league history to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 750 more.
Griffin, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 2 overall pick by the Redskins, said he’d consider making the Pro Bowl an honor.
“You can’t play down those kind of things. I’ve always said my whole football career that you don’t play for awards, those just come,” Griffin said. “You don’t say that you’re going to win the Heisman, you don’t say you’re going to win MVP. You go out and you prove in on the field, and if everyone feels that way then they’ll give you that award.”
Griffin has thrown for 3,100 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 752 yards and six touchdowns. He expressed more pride in the Redskins’ run to contention than his own success.
“Team success comes first, so I don’t play for awards,” Griffin said.
Left tackle Trent Williams and special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander are set to join Griffin in Honolulu on Jan. 27. It’s Alexander and Williams’ first Pro Bowl selection.
Asked who from his team he thought deserved to make the Pro Bowl, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he wouldn’t be surprised if two, three or four players got the nod.
“A lot of times, the Pro Bowl, you get nominated when your team has success, and I understand that,” Shanahan said. “And if you can consistently have success, then you have a number of guys that make the Pro Bowl. So I’m hoping we’re starting to lean that way now.”
Running back Alfred Morris and inside linebacker London Fletcher are alternates.