Pro Bowl for RG3, Williams, Alexander

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Pro Bowl for RG3, Williams, Alexander


Byline: Stephen Whyno, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Robert Griffin III said he doesn't play football for the awards, but another honor came his way Wednesday in the form of a Pro Bowl selection.

The rookie quarterback was one of three Washington Redskins players chosen for the NFL's all-star game in Honolulu, along with left tackle Trent Williams and special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander.

Griffin was one of two rookies who made the Pro Bow, the other being Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh. On Sunday, Griffin became just the second quarterback in league history to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 750.

This latest news further validates his impressive season.

You can't play down those kind of things. I've always said my whole football career that you don't play for awards, those just come, Griffin said. "You don't say that you're going to win the Heisman, you don't say you're going to win MVP. You go out and you prove in on the field, and if everyone feels that way then they'll give you that

award."

Williams was considered one of the better offensive tackles in the NFL. In his third season, he achieved the Pro Bowl nod he was striving for.

Williams, who was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, said all the work he put in to change as a person and player in the past year was worth it.

It shows how much I've grown and how much I've learned, Williams said. A lot of people make mistakes and keep making them, and just to know that I've grown from them and become a better person and ultimately a better player, it's gratifying.

Alexander, the Redskins' special teams captain the past two seasons, said he wouldn't have been bothered if San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman made it instead.

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