You asked and I listened. Clearly one round of Rookie Cuties wasn’t enough, and the 2012 draft class provided so many options it was hard to choose! The rookies are really having an impact this year. They came out the starting gate on fire, setting records and making the league take notice. Well the ladies have certainly taken notice and I am delivering…So sit back, relax, let your imagination take you on a mini trip, ladies, you know what to do …ENJOY!!!!
Robert Griffin III #10, Washington Redskins, Quarterback
Last week I featured Andrew Luck, the number one 2012 NFL Draft pick. Many readers contacted me via twitter, email and Facebook, requesting a very specific player. I’m talking about none other than Robert Griffin III or “RGIII.” (He prefers Robert, though.) When the Washington Redskins traded up to select the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, not only did he steal the spotlight at the 2012 draft, but he also stole hearts of women everywhere. Regardless of what team they support, the women are unanimous in their repeated requests for RGIII. Maybe it’s his swagger. Perhaps it’s the way he commands the Redskins’ offense. It could easily be RGIII’s killer arms and abs, or could it be that 10 thousand watt smile that’s melting hearts!
In the past two years Griffin has had plenty of reasons to smile. Since entering the league he was immediately named the starting QB of the Washington Redskins. In his season opener against the New Orleans Saints his first pass was a 88-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon. The Redskins won 40-32 over the Saints in New Orleans. Griffin ended the game with 320 yards, the most ever by a rookie quarterback in a winning game. He was also selected as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and the NFL Rookie of the Week. Even though the season is just getting underway, RGIII is giving female fans of the burgundy and gold plenty of reasons to cheer.
Alfred Morris, #46 Washington Redskins, Running Back
Who knew I would profile two Redskins players in two weeks! I, too, am surprised but this rookie came out of nowhere in the preseason taking everyone by surprise. Alfred Morris was taken in the six round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic University. During the preseason he beat out Roy Helu, Evan Royster and Tim Hightower for the starting position. In two weeks, the rookie has 185 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns which were scored in week one against the Saints. What caught my attention, in addition to his play on the field, were the strong arms and muscles that cradle the football when he runs. Standing at only 5ft 10 in, Morris is another running back, that like his shorter in stature, but large on the field peer, down I-95 in Baltimore, reminds us that great things come in small packages. I can’t wait to see this firecracker light up the field, the way his smile lights up my heart.
FUN FACT! Morris still drives his 1991 Nissan Sentra worth about $1300. He says it keeps him grounded.
Russell Wilson #3, Seattle Seahawks, Quarterback
This rookie’s performance also exceeded expectations, quickly moving him to the head of the class. The Seattle Seahawks selected Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Wilson began his college career playing for North Carolina State University. After red-shirting, the third string quarterback became the starter after Week 6 of the 2007 season. Wilson took the team to the 2008 PapaJohns.Com Bow but he was injured in the first half and the team ultimately lost to Rutgers 23-29. That year he was selected Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first-team All-ACC quarterback as freshman. Wilson graduated from NC State with a B.A. in Communication, but was released from his football scholarship in 2011 after he announced that he was going to play professional baseball. With one year of eligibility left, he then committed to be the starting QB for the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers win the Big Ten Title, and led them to the 2012 Rose Bowl which they lost 38-45 to the Oregon Ducks.
As the starting QB, Wilson wears the number three on his jersey. Could it have something to do with the fact that in college and with the Seahawks he started as the third string QB and eventually earned the starting position. When Wilson was initially drafted, there were two other QBs ahead of him on the depth chart. Tavaris Jackson, drafted out of Alabama State University, was acquired from the Minnesota Vikings, and Matt Flynn was acquired from the Green Bay Packers. Ultimately, Jackson was sent to the Buffalo Bills, and a Wilson found himself in a battle for the starting QB position. After winning the position and staring in the season opener loss, the 5 ft 10 in Wilson is in another battle. The fourth rookie QB profiled for this season of the Cutie of the Week, Wilson is up against some stiff competition to be number one with the ladies. I think however with those guns, and that breath taking, melt your heart smile, I think Wilson is definitely up to the challenge!