In most cases, seeing the backup quarterback enter the game is a bad thing. It often means the starting quarterback is hurt, which is DEFCON 1 for any NFL franchise.

But Sunday afternoon, Robert Griffin III entered the game at quarterback for the Ravens in relief of Lamar Jackson, and it was amazing.

The backup came in after the Ravens built a 52-10 lead, with John Harbaugh looking to rest his starters. Griffin excelled, going 6/6 for 55 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was a paltry 144.4, compared to Jackson’s perfect 158.3.

The touchdown was his first in the NFL since January 2017, an excruciating 980-day wait for Griffin. Supporting him after his big moment was his fellow signal-caller in Jackson.

It’s always awesome to see teammates supporting one another, especially when Griffin has been able to provide veteran leadership and guidance to the young Jackson.

It was already a big weekend for Griffin, who welcomed in his new daughter to the world Saturday.

Griffin III wore his wife’s hospital bracelet to Sunday’s game in honor of his daughter, and he’ll be taking home a special gift as well.


This was a really special moment all the way around, but especially so for Griffin himself. It’s been a very long, very winding road for the former number two overall pick. Performances like today show he still has something left in the tank.

It’s clear who he’s playing for as well. Congratulations to Griffin and his family on their big weekend.