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Dec 4, 2012 9:03pm
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ASHBURN, Va. Major Wright Jersey . —Rookie quarterback
Robert Griffin III generated excitement among the veterans at the opening of
Redskins camp on Thursday. Only six current players made the playoffs with
Washington and only two have won a post-season game for the franchise. The team
was just 11-21 during coach Mike Shanahans first two seasons. The 2011 Heisman
Trophy winner landed in Washington in a trade that sent three first-round picks
and a second-round selection to St. Louis. Shanahan named him the starter before
the veterans reported in May, and the old-timers seem pleased to have the
22-year-old Griffin at the helm. “Theres definitely a different feeling about
this team,” said 37-year-old linebacker London Fletcher, who won a Super Bowl
and two NFC titles with the Rams. “We know its going to be a process. Were not
going to expect (Robert) to be a top-five quarterback (right away). “He has a
lot of notoriety and deservedly so because of what he accomplished at Baylor. He
doesnt carry himself like Im a Heisman winner, they traded all these picks for
me, Im better than you guys. So its easy for guys to gravitate towards him for
his demeanour.” Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley couldnt be more
impressed with Griffin, who invited his pass-catchers to spend a couple of days
with him in Waco, Texas, during the six weeks between the end of spring workouts
and the start of camp. “No one treats him like a rookie,” Cooley said. “You
cant. Hes the starter for us. You have to treat him like a starting quarterback.
Theres nothing that he does that says, We should haze you. Hes been a real
professional since the day he walked through the door. “Im amazed every day by
the way he handles it, his ability to run this offence. Hes done a fantastic
job. I cant imagine being suited more for the position hes in.” Running back
Tim Hightower, part of a Super Bowl team in Arizona with quarterback Kurt Warner
four years ago, likes what he sees from Griffin. But he doesnt want the rookie
to feel compelled to try to singlehandedly turn around the Redskins. “He has a
lot of expectations on him,” Hightower said. “As teammates, its our
responsibility to rise to the occasion, help his transition, take some of that
focus, some of that pressure off him. “Were going to go as he goes.” Griffin,
who competed in the hurdles in 2008 Olympic trials, can certainly go on the
field. As a senior at Baylor, Griffin led the Bears to an Alamo Bowl victory
while passing for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns and running for 699 yards and 10
scores. Fletcher compared Griffin to Philadelphias dual threat quarterback
Michael Vick. He said the rookies speed will “shock” opposing defence especially
when combined with his “rocket” arm. “He can make every throw, use his legs to
extend a play,” Redskins three-time Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “You
feel like, We got him, and the plays still going on. He brings that dynamic to
the game, and we hate that as defensive players. “I guess it all starts at
quarterback. Thats what everybody always says. We finally got one that we feel
like can hold his own against some of these other guys in the league. “We got a
chance to compete.” Notes: Starting right tackle Jammal Brown was a surprising
addition to Washingtons physically-unable-to-perform list. Coach Mike Shanahan
said that Brown aggravated his long-ailing left hip while running sprints
Wednesday. Brown, 31, who was chosen for two Pro Bowls while with New Orleans,
missed the 2009 season with the Saints after having surgery. He missed five
games the past two seasons with hip and groin ailments. Shanahan said he doesnt
know when Brown might return. Tyler Polumbus, who started two games in Browns
place last season, worked with the starters Thursday. ... FS Tanard Jackson
(calf), who was signed from Tampa Bay, is also on the PUP list. Fellow free
agent pickup Madieu Williams worked with the starters on Thursday, but Shanahan
said that Jackson could be back as soon as Saturday. ... Running back
Tristan Davis (knee) is also on the PUP. Hightower, the starting running back
before he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 7, is being worked back into
duty gradually but ran well on Thursday. ... Rookie cornerback Chase Minnifield,
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McInerney scored twice and the Philadelphia Union beat Sporting Kansas City 4-0
Saturday night to snap a six-game winless skid.LONDON – Alex Zanardi just cant
stop racing. The former Formula One driver is vying for a Paralympic medal
Wednesday in paracycling – a hand cycle powered by the arms – at the Brands
Hatch race track, where he once raced cars. Its really incredible, when you
realize the 45-year-old almost died in a horrific accident in a 2001 CART race
in Germany. “For a brief moment I found myself thinking of all the things Ive
done,” Zanardi said on his Twitter feed before leaving for the London
Paralympics. “Im a lucky boy!” His journey to the Paralympic Games began at the
American Memorial 500 on Sept. 15, 2001, at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany
- the only American-based series to go forward on the weekend after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks. Zanardi, a former two-time CART champion, had had a difficult
season and started 22nd in a field of 27, but the car was responding well. He
was enjoying the drive, passing one car after another, until with 13 laps to go
he was in the lead. Zanardi went into his final pit stop and the crew chief
waved him off urging him to “Go, go, go!” But as he built up speed to get back
into the race, the car spun out of control and he veered onto the track.
Canadian driver Alex Tagliani, travelling at close to 200 mph (320 kph), could
not avoid him. The reinforced carbon fiber cone of Taglianis car sliced through
the area beside Zanardis left front wheel and cockpit, the weakest part of the
vehicle. On the track, Dr. Terry Trammel slipped and fell as he raced to the
wreckage. He thought he had fallen in oil, but it was Zanardis blood. The crash
had severed Zanardis right leg at the knee and his left at the thigh some five
inches above the knee. The drivers lower legs had disintegrated like those of
land mine victims, said Dr. Steve Olvey, director of medical affairs for CART at
the time. He had lost 70 per cent of his blood, his pelvis was fractured in five
places and he had a lacerated liver. But Zanardi was alive. At the hospital,
Zanardis wife, Daniela, told him he had lost his legs. But that was only part of
the problem. He had been in a coma for three days, his heart had stopped at
least once, and he was alive only because of the medical response to his
injuries. Much work for his recovery lay ahead. NASCAR driver Max Papis, who has
known Zanardi since they were kids in Italy, recalled visiting his friend in the
hospital, where Zanardi glanced at Papis new shoes. “He said to Look at the
positive side of this. For a long time I will not have to spend money buying
those,” Papis said. Pushing the limits, he began to walk again only monthss
after the accident. Julius Peppers Jersey. . Always tinkering,
Zanardi used technology and his experience from working with elite race cars to
forge a new life – to adapt to his new circumstances, to learn how to use
prosthetic legs. “You dont know how many times I fell just taking ridiculous
small steps,” he told the BBC. “It was bloody hard.” Two years after the
accident, he returned to Lausitz to finish the 13 laps, and later began racing
specially modified touring cars. But he had many other races to run. Pity didnt
occur to him. “Hes a lion,” said his former teammate, Jimmy Vasser. “He just
never gave up.” Zanardi thought of it as part of his destiny, just something
that happened to him, said Chip Ganassi, who owns the team that Zanardi once
raced for. “That was like a speed bump for him,” Ganassi said. Zanardi took up
paracycling to stay in shape. A hand cycle is powered by the arms and features
two coasting rear wheels and one steerable front wheel. In 2007, he was invited
to attend the pasta party at the New York City marathon that was thrown by his
sponsor, Barilla. He decided that if he was going, he should take part. At the
race, he passed a well-known rider and finished fourth. By 2011, he was first.
Now hes challenging American Oscar “Oz” Sanchez, who won a gold medal in the
time trial at the Paralympics in Beijing and a bronze medal in the road race.
Sanchez is a formidable competitor who overcame overwhelming odds as well. Born
and raised in Los Angeles, Sanchez turned a life of drugs and street gangs
around by joining the U.S. Marines. He was about to transfer to the Navy Seals
when he suffered a spinal cord injury in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident.
Zanardi knows the course will be tough – he once drove the track at Brands
Hatch, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) from London. To make things worse, he had
a bad crash with his favourite bike a few weeks ago – a picture on his Twitter
feed showed a crumpled vehicle, its front wheel askew. But Papis said Zanardi
had shrugged off such accidents. “He would say, It cant be that bad, because I
cant break my leg anymore, ” Papis said. In the days before this big race, the
normally talkative Zanardi has shunned interviews, concentrating on the task at
hand, even as interest in his story has skyrocketed. On Wednesday, its all about
the bike – even though its about a million other things, too. “In my career Ive
always received a lot of support, but I would not expect so much as Im getting
these days,” he told followers on Twitter. “Thank you all.” ’ ’ ’ 

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