Griffin is the Sporting News Rookie of the Year, headlining an extraordinary rookie class of 2012. Two other first-year quarterbacks also led their team to the playoffs—Andrew Luck of the Colts and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks. However, Griffin far outdistanced everyone else to win our award, with 363 votes ahead of Luck (213), Wilson (124) and Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin (57). The award was determined in a vote of more than 800 players, coaches and executives.
Almost nothing about Griffin seemed rookie-like. Not the way he avoided interceptions, throwing just five all season. Not the way he led teammates. Not the way he handled immense attention and expectations.
The Redskins closed the regular season with a seven-game winning streak that showcased Griffin at his best. He ran the read option like an orchestra conductor, throwing accurate darts to his receivers while darting through the secondary with sprinter’s speed.
Late in the season, Griffin had five consecutive games in which his passer rating topped 100. In November and December, the Redskins transformed themselves from a 3-6 team into a NFC East champions, and the rest of the division was put on notice.