Despite experiencing a career-ending injury almost 27 years ago, Joe Theismann is still widely considered to be the last franchise quarterback that the Redskins have had, at least until now.
The Redskins selected Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Before setting foot on the field Griffin has already become the face not only of the Redskins, but of all Washington D.C. sports.
Theismann, who is currently an analyst for the NFL Network, joined the Mike Wise Show to explain that his affinity for Griffin went beyond just examining another draft prospect.
“Being a Redskins fan and having my heart with the Redskins, I was concerned that the Indianapolis Colts were going to go in a different direction,” said Theismann.
As expected, Indianapolis selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 Draft but according to Theismann the Redskins and their fans got the guy they ultimately wanted.
“If Indianapolis decided to go in (Griffin’s) direction I think it would have been a big disappointment to Redskin fans,” said Theismann. “I think that in the long run both of them have a chance to be very successful but I think everybody in Washington had their hearts set on Robert Griffin III, and it turned out that way.”
Theismann implores fans to be cautiously optimistic with Griffin because building a successful team is more than just a one-year plan.
“He steps into a (NFC East) that I still believe is the toughest in football,” said Theismann. “We have to be excited that he’s a part of this franchise but let’s not get all hung up on 2012, let’s think about where this franchise is going.”