Today in New Orleans, the long-waited and much-anticipated Robert Griffin III era officially begins.
It is arguably the most hyped rookie debut of a Washington professional athlete since Alex Ovechkin first suited up for the Capitals on Oct. 5, 2005.
Ovechkin, who turned 20 a month earlier, made quite a splash in his rookie debut, scoring two goals to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished that rookie season third in the NHL with 106 points, tied for third with 52 goals and was a landslide selection as Rookie of the Year.
So what advice does Ovechkin have for RGIII as the 22-year-old quarterback prepares for his Redskins debut?
I think hes good right now, Ovechkin said. He has to be himself, thats the most important thing. It doesnt matter what other people say or if hes going make a bad play or a good play. He just has to concentrate on his own game.
Capitals coach Adam Oates was already an established star in the NHL when he arrived in Washington in 1997. He said the pressures of playing football for the Redskins are far different than those playing hockey for the Caps.
The Redskins are a different franchise, Oates said. Theyre looking for him to obviously be a little bit of a savior right now. Being a young guy Im sure hes getting taught by the coaches to go slow, learn the game.