And no one will forget it any time soon, either, as his 320-yard, two-touchdown, no-turnover effort in the Washington Redskins’ 40-32 victory in New Orleans against the Saints.
Griffin was named the NFC Player of the Week, the first rookie to receive that honor. Ever.
But that’s what goes with coming into a hostile Mercedes Benz Dome against a supposed-to-be tough Saints defense and commanding the game from start to finish, as a top-flight veteran would.
The No. 2 overall draft pick completed 19 of 26 passes (and had at least three dropped) and no interceptions in Sunday’s victory — making him the first player in league history to amass 300-plus yards passing, two or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut.
Griffin is also the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and win a season opener.
On top of that, Griffin is featured on the current edition of Sports Illustrated with the headline “Power Surg3.”
For all he did in ringing up 40 points on the Saints, fans, observers and teammates alike were equally impressed with the way Griffin handled the moment.
There was an even-keel to his demeanor, a composure and strength that translated into a calm performance. He had command of the huddle. And he if had already earned his teammates respect with a strong training camp, he solidified it in New Orleans.
Lastly, Griffin won the game. There were four other rookie quarterbacks that started on Sunday. None of them won. Only Griffin did not throw an interception.
Sports Illustrated calls Griffin, “The future of the NFL.”
Maybe so. But Griffin and the Redskins want more now. And if the first Sunday is an indication of what they will, they very well could get just that.