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Griffin beats out Luck, Wilson

Saturday - 2/2/2013, 8:25pm  ET

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The Redskins tweeted this photo of quarterback Robert Griffin III speaking to the media after winning the Rookie of the Year award Saturday. (Redskins)

BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, beating out two other sensational first-year quarterbacks.

Griffin, whose thrill-a-minute combination of running and passing skills led Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years, pulled away from Andrew Luck of the Colts and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks in a lopsided vote announced Saturday.

RG3 earned 29 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Luck was next with 11 and Wilson got 10.

All three led their teams to the playoffs.

"Well, it's a truly a blessing to be up here and be able to stand, first and foremost," Griffin said during his acceptance speech. "I had a tough injury there at the end of the season. I thank our coaches, thank our players. I want to give a hand clap for Alfred Morris, who's also up for this award. All the competition for this award was extremely good. It seems like the league's in good hands with the young quarterbacks."

Griffin, who severely injured his right knee in a wild-card round loss to the Seahawks, set the NFL record for best passer rating by a rookie QB.

He accepted his award at the "2nd Annual NFL Honors" awards show on CBS saluting the NFL's best players, performances and plays from the 2012 season.

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