Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III has been called a lot of things since joining the Redskins: prolific, amazing, the “face of the franchise.” But teammate Fred Davis has another name for him — “Black Jesus.”
The tight end sang the rookie quarterback’s praises following the Redskins’ 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Griffin sent fans into a frenzy after sealing the upset win with a 76-yard touchdown. The euphoria carried over into the locker room where the focus was squarely on the performance of a quarterback who suffered a concussion just one week earlier.
Perhaps it was the elation talking during Davis’ postgame interview with CSN Washington’s Rob Carlin.
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“I mean, like I said, he’s Black Jesus right now,” Davis said. “He saved us today. He’s a great player. He makes plays. And he did what he had to do on that third down. We’ve been talking about him protecting himself a lot more, but he seen an opening and made a play. And what can you say? I mean, he’s a great player.”
Lorenzo Alexander, who notched 1.5 sacks in the game, believes Griffin has done a phenomenal job and deserves some accolades, but was quick to point out football is a team sport during an appearance on 4th & Pain, a show co-hosted by teammate Adam Carriker and this writer.
“I don’t know if he’s our ‘savior,’ ” Alexander said. “In a team sport it takes 11 men on each side of the ball at any given time to go out there and dominate a game or get things done on the field.”
Griffin has been nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his performance.