ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins opened their locker room to reporters for the first time Tuesday, revealing Robert Griffin III's cubbyhole with six figurines, including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, an extra-muscular version of Captain America and, of course, a Baylor Bear.
The No. 2 overall draft pick, weighted with the responsibility of being the future of the Redskins franchise, also has posted a piece of paper printed with the words: "Forget about being MVP; Forget about being in the Pro Bowl. Those are nice consolation prizes if you don't get a SUPER BOWL RING." That's followed by another slogan: "KNOW YOUR WHY."
Not that such a display shouldn't be expected. The son of two U.S. Army sergeants famously wore Superman socks to the Heisman Trophy ceremony last year, and he's written "Seize the day" and "Seize the moment" on the cleats he wears to practice.
Griffin also has a card holder with other inspirational sayings, featuring the first part of a Bible verse from Philippians: "I can do all things ..."
As for Carriker, his first reaction to having Griffin as a neighbor was a concern about crowd control -- he feared reporters would be congesting the area to try to talk to the rookie. He recognized that wouldn't be a problem, however, once he learned how tightly the Redskins are controlling Griffin's access to the media.
"Then I realized," Carriker said, "he's never going to talk to you guys in here."
Defensive tackle Chris Neild is out for the season with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Neild has a torn left ACL. Neild was a seventh-round draft pick out of West Virginia last year. He played in all 16 games last season and had two sacks.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.