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Redskins Elect Robert Griffin III, Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen As Team Captains
ASHBURN – Quarterback Robert Griffin III, nose tackle Barry Cofield and defensive end Stephen Bowen were elected captains by their Washington Redskins teammates on Wednesday, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.
The trio will join left tackle Trent Williams and linebackers London Fletcher and Lorenzo Alexander, who were elected captains before the season.
Shanahan said the selection of Griffin to that role by his teammates marked, to the best of his knowledge, the first time a rookie had been given that honor.
“You know, you get a guy like Robert Griffin, a rookie, coming in, and if you voted right away, it’s very hard to vote a rookie to be your captain,” Shanahan said. “Midway through the season, they say, ‘Hey, he’s our leader.’ It’s something that I’ve done before and I like it, and each year is a little bit different, but I think it’s worked out well for us this year.”
Cofield and Bowen, who joined the Redskins as free agents before last season, tied in the player voting, leading to their election.
“What it does, voting at the midpoint, is you give players a chance to see guys play during the season, like Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield,” Shanahan said. “You know, guys who have been around here for a year, you see them through the first half of the season and they say, ‘Hey, we want these guys to be our captains,’ and I think it’s a great honor.”