Quarterback Robert Griffin III was named Pro Football Weekly’s NFL overall rookie of the year on Monday. That bodes well for his chances of winning the Associated Press’ offensive rookie of the year award, widely considered to be the ‘official’ rookie of the year award, when it is announced on Feb. 2.
PFW editors, contributors and members of the Pro Football Writers of America selected Griffin for the award.
He’s the first Redskin to win it since running back Mike Thomas in 1975. Thomas went on to win the AP award that year, as did the last two winners, St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
Griffin in 15 games completed 258 of 393 passes (65.6 percent) for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 102.4. He also rushed 120 times for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.
His 102.4 passer rating, 1.3 interception rate and 815 rushing yards are NFL records for rookie quarterbacks. Griffin also led the NFL in yards per pass attempt (8.14), yards per carry (6.8) and fewest interceptions thrown among players with at least 300 pass attempts.
Running back Alfred Morris also was named to the to the PFW/PFWA all-rookie team.