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Strong Play Puts Robert Griffin III Up For Third Rookie Of The Week Honor

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

Robert Griffin III was nominated for Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after the quarterback led the Washington Redskins to a 38-26 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

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Griffin completed 17 of his 22 passing attempts for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran 13 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. His 76-yard touchdown scramble late in the fourth quarter helped ensure the Redskins’ victory and has stood out as the highlight play of the rookie’s young career.

He set a team record for rushing yards by a quarterback and already has more rushing yards and rushing touchdowns than any other quarterback in team history. The touchdown run was the longest by an NFL quarterback since Kordell Stewart ran 80 yards for a touchdown in 1996, and Griffin joins Philadelphia’s Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks since 1970 to rush for at least 130 yards and two touchdowns in a game.

Griffin won the award after the Redskins’ two previous victories – at New Orleans in Week 1 and at Tampa Bay in Week 4. Other finalists this week include Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon, Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

The winner, determined by fan balloting at NFL.com/rookies, will be eligible for the Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year Award, which will be announced in February.

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