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July 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III tweeted Monday that doctors have cleared him to practice and he will be ready to go for the start of Redskins training camp. Griffin is six months removed from major knee surgery to repair ligament tears he suffered in Washington's playoff loss to Seattle. He sustained torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee. Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond - Robert Griffin III (@RGIII)
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April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was tapped to drive the pace car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, thanks to prodding on Twitter by his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway. Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag.
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July 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Robert Griffin III, a Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor and rookie of the year with the Washington Redskins, can add husband to his collection of achievements following what some say was a lavish wedding in Colorado on Saturday. Griffin, 23, married college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat in her hometown of Boulder. The two, who were engaged in 2010, wore all white, with the groomsmen in black and the bridesmaids in red. We know most of this thanks to social media. The easiest way to say It......BIG DAY!
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January 9, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Washington Redskins have their new coach. According to multiple reports, the Redskins will announce Thursday that they have hired Jay Gruden, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, to replace the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach. Gruden is the younger brother of former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, now a “Monday Night Football” commentator. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen worked with Jon Gruden in Oakland and Tampa Bay, and was with the Buccaneers when Jay was a defensive consultant there.
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August 28, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
We knew quarterback Robert Griffin III could score, and now we know he's a great rebounder too. The Washington Redskins star, whose rookie season ended with a major knee injury, will start the Monday, Sept. 9 opener against Philadelphia, according to an ESPN report. Although Griffin did not appear in any exhibition games this summer, the Washington Post reported Monday that “several people who have been involved in Redskins' practices” said the quarterback has taken practically all the snaps with the No. 1 offense since last week and looks like the dynamic player we saw last season.
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February 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't throw at the scouting combine -- he will do that at his campus pro day -- but he wowed NFL teams with his blistering-fast 4.41-second 40-yard dash. Maybe his socks had something to do with it. Griffin, you see, is an avid collector of all kinds of socks. You might remember the Superman ones he wore at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, complete with dangling capes. On his first full day at the combine, he wore a pair depicting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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November 21, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The final pass by Robert Griffin III on Sunday didn't hit the mark, but the quarterback's critical postgame comments sure did. He pointed to his receivers' inability to get open on a game-ending interception. That angered at least one teammate, and Griffin issued a semi-apology Wednesday. “I think at the end of the day, I just have to know in that situation after a tough loss to a divisional opponent I can't give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything,” he told reporters.
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May 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Kirk Cousins, second-year quarterback for the Washington Redskins, said he plans to take advantage of the “great opportunity” he has while Robert Griffin III recovers from reconstructive knee surgery. “I view this as a proving ground to see if I deserve to be a starter,” Cousins said, per David Elfin of 106.7 The Fan. “Every game's filmed. Even if coaches are coaching other games, they're going to be able to go back and watch tape [of preseason] and see what I can do. It may be the best thing that ever happened to me to start my career in Washington.
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December 11, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season. Embattled Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team's "circus atmosphere" and insistences that the move isn't a ploy to get himself fired. The upshot is that Griffin will be the inactive third quarterback for the Redskins' final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman.
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May 28, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Remember last week, when fans discovered that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his fiancee had registered online for wedding gifts at Bed, Bath and Beyond? His fans bought them almost every gift they asked for, which seemed strange considering he probably makes more money than all of those fans combined. Well, Griffin showed why his fans are so loyal: He wrote a personalized thank you note to every one of them. We know this because Keith Elgin posted his thank you note online: @ michaelsmith twitter.com/keithelgin/sta… - Keith Elgin (@keithelgin)
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January 2, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bryce Petty needs to work on his landing. Come on. If you're going to do 360-degree front flip on national TV, like the Baylor quarterback did Wednesday night over Central Florida's Jacoby Glenn in the second quarter of Fiesta Bowl, then you've got to do better than landing on your rear end. And then there's his reaction after the 13-yard touchdown run. Petty got to his feet quickly, only just to take a couple of steps backward, point to...
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December 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
As expected, the Washington Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan. Shanahan, whose teams were 24-40 in his four seasons, had fallen out of favor this season with Redskins owner Dan Snyder and star quarterback Robert Griffin III. The team finished 3-13 this season, losing its final eight games. "Redskins fans deserve a better result," Snyder said in a written statement released Monday by the team. "We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.
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December 30, 2013 | Sam Farmer
NFL teams turn to the familiar at this time of year. Green Bay, New England, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and others prepare for the playoffs. Teams such as Detroit, Washington and Tampa Bay fire their coaches. Cleveland cycles through coaches with such gusto, in fact, that "Black Monday" should really be called "Browns Monday. " By way of comparison, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had three coaches since 1969. The Browns will have had three coaches since 2012. So it wasn't surprising that the Browns were the first to dump their coach, Rob Chudzinski, after the regular season ended, even though he had been in the job for less than a year.
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December 28, 2013 | Sam Farmer
At 2-13, the Houston Texans have the inside track on the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft. But if the Texans were to win at Tennessee on Sunday, and Washington were to lose at the New York Giants, the Redskins, who had a weaker schedule, would get that prime pick … … and the honor of turning it over to St. Louis as part of the Robert Griffin III deal. :: For the 11th year in a row, the league will have at least one team go from worst to first in consecutive seasons.
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December 16, 2013 | Sam Farmer
OK, Panthers, once more with feeling. For the second time in three weeks, the Carolina Panthers will face the New Orleans Saints in a high-stakes NFC South showdown that will go a long way toward bringing the playoff picture into focus. Hanging in the balance is sole possession of first place in the division, and a possible first-round bye in the postseason. The Panthers, who have won nine of 10 games, suffered a 31-13 defeat at New Orleans in Week 14 but got new life Sunday when the Saints lost at St. Louis, 27-16.
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December 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mike Shanahan had a change of heart. A day after walking out of a press conference refusing to answer questions about his job status, the Washington Redskins coach spent some time Monday talking to reporters about ... his job status. Shanahan confirmed that he has no plans to resign from his position despite the team's 3-11 record and rumors that his days with the organization are numbered. “I'll get a chance to sit down with Dan [Snyder] at the end of the season,” Shanahan said . “I'll give him my opinion on the direction I think the franchise could go. He's going to give me his idea what he wants to do, he's the owner of the football team.
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April 1, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Robert Griffin III takes his women's basketball seriously. Just how seriously? Just take a look at the Washington Redskins quarterback's Twitter account during the last 24 hours. Early on Sunday, he posted a photo of himself with President Obama at the Syracuse-Marquette men's basketball game a day earlier at the Verizon Center. That's one tweet with the president of the United States. RG3 had plenty more to say later, however, after his beloved Baylor women's team -- the defending champion and prohibitive favorite to go all the way again this year -- was stunned by Louisville, 82-81, in the round of 16. Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy in his senior season with Baylor in 2011, posted no fewer than 12 tweets about the Lady Bears' stunning loss, and in particular the way the Louisville players were treating his team's star, Brittney Griner.
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December 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
It's a strange week when Washington Coach Mike Shanahan is rolling the dice by taking out the healthy-enough Robert Griffin III, and Chicago Coach Marc Trestman is rolling the dice by putting in the healthy-enough Jay Cutler. If Cutler doesn't match or exceed what hot-handed successor Josh McCown has done, it looks like the end of the road for him in Chicago. As for Shanahan, who has shut down Griffin for the final three games of the season - citing all the punishing hits the quarterback has endured - the paved road in Washington ended some ways back.
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December 11, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season. Embattled Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team's "circus atmosphere" and insistences that the move isn't a ploy to get himself fired. The upshot is that Griffin will be the inactive third quarterback for the Redskins' final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman.
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