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Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) shares a moment with Heath Shuler, whose career as a congressman has outshined his playing days with the Redskins (below). Shuler never lived up to the hype of being the No. 3 overall pick out of Tennessee in 1994. (Associated Press)

Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) shares a moment with Heath Shuler, whose career as a congressman has outshined his playing days with the Redskins (below). Shuler never lived up to the hype of being the No. 3 overall pick out of Tennessee in 1994. (Associated Press)

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