Giants are fans of Robert Griffin III

December, 3, 2012
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The New York Giants will be trying to beat Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III for the second time this year when they meet tonight on "Monday Night Football" on ESPN. After the Week 7 game, in which the Giants had to come back in the final minutes for the victory, Giants defensive players such as Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora had effusive praise for Griffin. And it continues. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and safety Antrel Rolle are asked about playing Griffin again and it's clear they were impressed the first time.

"I think just his intellect alone allows him to be a better player than what most people see, outside the athletic ability," Rolle says of Washington's rookie quarterback.

You almost wonder if it's some tactic the Giants are using, talking up Griffin to get him to feel too good about himself. But I don't think so. I think Griffin is the kind of rare talent that transcends skepticism, and even jaded Super Bowl champions in his own division have no problem admitting they're watching something special. Doesn't mean they don't want to stop him or don't think they can. But it says a lot about a player as young as Griffin -- the way he plays and the way he carries himself, too -- that his opponents respect him this much already.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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