Top 10 Memorable Moments of 2012: Moments 10-8
- Updated: January 29, 2013
There were a lot of memorable moments during the 2012 season, some that a lot of us will probably never forget as long as we live, but which moment is considered “the” moment for the Redskins? Drafting Robert Griffin III? Alfred Morris’ sensational season? There were a lot to choose from, but only 10 could be chosen.
Before we get to our first three moments of 2012, this is how the events were chosen. Each moment was graded where they were played. The number one moment was given 10 points, while the number 10 moment was given one point. We tallied them at the end and the highest was given the number one, while the lowest was given the number 10.
10. Trent Williams Punches Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman is a well known trash talker, has been for a long time. That’s not to say Sherman can’t back it up, as he is indeed one of the better corners in the NFL, the problem is, he likes to go overboard and that happened during the Wild Card game between the Redskins and Seahawks. Not only did he decide it was okay to taunt Redskins fans as they left FedExField, but he also did it throughout the game with our own players, even going as far as pulling cheap shots on Pierre Garcon.
In comes Trent Williams. Since being in Washington Trent has been one of the better teammates the Redskins have seen. He doesn’t allow cheap shots on his quarterback or any other player on the offense, so naturally he was already upset with what Sherman was doing. That’s when Sherman made the mistake of talking down to Williams when he said, “Whatcha gonna do, boy.”
We obviously know what follows that, reminding us all that no matter what, Trent isn’t going to take crap from anybody, and will stand up for his teammates. Plus, was it not hysterical hearing Sherman say, “Well, then, do it then, boy,” only to see Williams do exactly that?
9. Kai Forbath
After releasing Graham Gano, Washington Redskins fans felt their kicker hopes had finally come true when the team announced they had signed former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, only problem was Cundiff was horrific. After missing from distances that should have been considered chip shots for a kicker, the Redskins released him for another kicker nobody had heard of, Kai Forbath, a former UCLA Bruin whom had been cut by both the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Forbath would reward the Redskins immediately as his first ever field goal made would be a 50 yarder against the Minnesota Vikings. Forbath however was just getting started as he’d set the new NFL record for 17 consecutive field goals made to begin a career, while finishing the year with only one miss.
His best performance would come at home against the Baltimore Ravens where Forbath would drill a 48 and 49 yard field goal in the rain, helping send the game into overtime, where he’d kick the winning 34 yard field goal to keep the Redskins playoff hopes alive.
8. Robert Griffin III (Everything)
Is there anything bad to say about Robert Griffin III, besides that we probably underpaid for him? Robert Griffin III not only helped lead the Redskins to their first playoff home game in over 13 years, but he also put the Washington Redskins back on the NFL map. You can look back at the entire season and you’ll find one moment where Robert Griffin III did something amazing.
His 76 yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings nearly brought the stadium down. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he proved that even when he fumbles, the team scores touchdowns (he would prove that again nine weeks later against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football). His appearance on Jay Leno beat boxing to his punking of Mike Shanahan during a press conference. Even if it’s not a play, Robert Griffin III made his team believe, he lead them the way a leader is supposed to, and he reunited a football team to play what Redskins fans have been longing to see, Redskins Football.
Thanks to Griffin’s leadership, the Redskins had clinched the division for the first time since the 1999 season, leading fans, players and everyone in the NFL to believe Griffin can and will lead the Redskins to not only the playoffs for years to come, but eventually a Super Bowl appearance.