When the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the team and the city of Washington considered it a rebirth.
"I remember [the] 2012 draft vividly," Santana Moss told NBC Sports Washington. "One of the reasons 2011 season was like the crappiest season of all time for myself, I broke my hand, I was overweight, and I remember that offseason, you know, I got that call from the coaching staff like 'hey we need you to shape up or we're going to ship you out.'"
The 2011 season wasn't rough for only Moss. The Redskins were tested at every twist and turn, finishing with a 5-11 record and dead last in the NFC East. A saving grace was desperately needed.
"So, I was getting myself back, fine tuned, and I remember the bowl season watching this young kid, Robert Griffin III."
The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Griffin III not only had an arm but the running abilities to make him a real threat. While starting 40 games at Baylor, RGIII threw for 10,366 yards, 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while adding 2,254 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns to his resume.
For Moss, RGIII's skillset was something the receiver had never had in a QB.
"When I'm watching that draft that year, to see the Washington Redskins pick him, and knowing the different quarterbacks I played with and just the struggles and the ups and downs, I was pretty ecstatic," Moss added. I was pretty ecstatic because I knew that his skill level was something that we haven't really had in a while, or I haven't played with in a while. Last person I think I played with like that in a game was Michael Vick in a Pro Bowl game. So to know that we had a guy that can be that dynamic with his legs and with his arm, I was excited to see what our team could become of."
Griffin III earned Pro Bowl honors that year and was named 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, While his time in Washington didn't pan out as expected, the 2012 draft, and season, will go down in history.
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