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One look back at RG3's 'perfect' game

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One look back at RG3's 'perfect' game

I promise we will change the subject from RG3’s statistical excellence at some point here but there are a few more things that need to be pointed out. Except as noted, all records noted are since at least the 1960 season.

Griffin completed 93.3 percent of his passes yesterday. Only four other quarterbacks have completed over 90 percent of their passes in a game where they threw for at least four touchdowns. It hasn’t happened since 1994 when the 49ers’ Steve Young did it against the Falcons.

Young’s offensive coordinator that year? Mike Shanahan.

Griffin had a perfect 158.3 passer rating and threw for four touchdowns and had no interceptions. That combination has been accomplished 18 times by 17 different quarterbacks (Tom Brady has done it twice). But while that feat is not all that rare, the list of names that you pull out of the database when you search for it is quite impressive.

Of the 17 quarterbacks, 16 are in the Hall of Fame and/or have led their teams to a Super Bowl appearance. There are current stars like Brady and Drew Brees and some past greats like Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, and Len Dawson.

The only one who doesn’t fit the Hall or Super Bowl mold is Frank Ryan and he made three straight Pro Bowls for the Browns in the 1960’s.

None of the above quarterbacks rushed for nearly as many yards in their stellar performances as RG3 did in his. Griffin had 84, the best rushing performance among the others was Steve Grogan's 32 in 1978.

The folks in the numbers biz call this signature significance. In the thousands of NFL games played since 1960 the chances are that some schlub will stumble into a perfect rating with 4 TD’s and zero picks. But the fact that nobody except accomplished quarterbacks have done it means that there is a very good chance that if you do it, it is likely that you are a very, very special player.

Of course, those of us who have been watching every pass of RG3’s first 10 games have had that feeling since the first quarter of the first game. But sometimes it’s nice to have some statistical confirmation. 

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Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

On July 22, legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance died at the age of 75.

During the first day of training camp on Thursday, Washington Redskins VP of player personnel Doug Williams, presented NBC4 sports reporter Carol Maloney with a gift for Vance's family.

RELATED: REMEMBERING JIM VANCE

The gesture by the Redskins was one filled with much respect for the award-winning anchor.

Vance was a staple for many D.C. locals, being a full-time anchor since 1972 for NBC4. 

Last summer, Vance revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer but never stopped working. 

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.