Robert Griffin III’s reaction to hearing he made the Pro Bowl on Wednesday wasn’t much. But his Washington Redskins teammates let him hear about it at practice Thursday.
“There was a lot of ribbing. We went out and the first play in the huddle, all the offensive lineman said, ‘Aw, man, we can’t tell this guy anything anymore.’ They can poke and prod at me all they want, it’s nothing that bothers me,” Griffin said. “It’s funny and they know that they have a part in that as well because they’ve protected me, they’ve blocked hard for Alfred [Morris] and they’ve been the reason that we’ve been able to win this year.”
Griffin was one of three Washington players to be named to the NFC team for the Pro Bowl, along with left tackle Trent Williams and special teamer Lorenzo Alexander. Morris and inside linebacker London Fletcher were named alternates and could join their teammates in Honolulu on Jan. 27 if guys drop out because of injury.
Coach Mike Shanahan delivered the news to Griffin on Wednesday afternoon. The quarterback didn’t let himself get too excited.
“We’re all focused on the Cowboys, so we know we got this game ahead of us,” Griffin said. “I try to tell the guys and I wanted to tell ‘em so I’ll tell ‘em through you guys that as a player I feel like you never play for awards.”
Griffin said he’d like to take everybody to Hawaii, a place he hasn’t visited before. And that’s just teammates. Plenty of family members will want to make the trip, too.
“We’ll see how many family members I get to take or how many they’re going to pay for,” Griffin said with a smile. “I try not to spend too much money, so we’ll see what happens.”