NEW ORLEANS | Robert Griffin III said this week that growing up he envisioned being a basketball player and hadn’t dreamed of what his NFL debut would be like. If he managed to dream up his first career touchdown pass, that’s an impression imagination.
Griffin’s first Sunday was a memorable one. Starting at the Washington 12-yard line, he found Pierre Garcon over the middle and didn’t see New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins coming to hit him.
Garcon hauled in the high pass and raced all the way down the field. The Saints’ safety over the top went to cover Josh Morgan, leaving Garcon, back into the game after a trip down the tunnel, one-on-one.
Griffin was knocked to the turf by Jenkins but sat up and put his arms in the air as he watched Garcon go 88 yards to the end zone. His NFL career began 7-for-7 for 123 yards.
Garcon brought the yards after catch that the Redskins wanted out of him. He had four catches for 109 yards after the touchdown.
At 88 yards, Griffin to Garcon was the longest Redskins pass play since 1987.