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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) --

Robert Griffin III

'sweek so far has consisted of his first Monday night football win,hearing fans chant his RG3 nickname throughout the Washington Wizards'Tuesday upset of the Miami Heat, and a Wednesday visit from an officialwho collected the rookie quarterback's jersey and cleats for the ProFootball Hall of Fame.

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''He's a unifying figure in the community,'' right guard ChrisChester said. ''I might need to bring him to my son's T-ball games.''

Seriously, Griffin can seem to do no wrong these days. Even Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who is hardly the easiest guy to impress, confesses to being mightily impressed by Griffin's charisma.

''He kind of surprises me in almost every situation, on how well hehandles himself and how well he communicates,'' Shanahan said. ''I wish Icould communicate like that. I'm going to have him talk to the team -in fact, I have the last couple of weeks.''

Griffin has led the Redskins (6-6) on a three-game winning streakthat has Washington and closing in on first place in the NFC Eastheading into Sunday's matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. He broke CamNewton's NFL single-season rushing record for yards rushing by a rookiequarterback during Monday night's 17-16 win over the New York Giants,thus prompting the Hall to request his cleats and dirt-stained No. 10jersey.

''Everyone wants to be in the Hall of Fame,'' Griffin said, ''sowe're in there. But I've got a long career, preferably, and this is onlythe first step. It's an honor to have my jersey and cleats, althoughthey're very dirty, in the Hall of Fame.''

But, by now, everyone knows Griffin is more than numbers. Hepractically upstaged the Heat-Wizards game when he took his front-rowseat to roars from the crowd in the first quarter. Sure enough, aWashington team that had won only one game previously all season stunnedthe reigning NBA champions.

''What can you say? Those guys are the ones who played. I didn't playthe game,'' Griffin said. ''Even Coach said I can't go over thererubbing off, using all my magic on those guys when we need it for us.''

Such attention can be overwhelming for most 22-year-olds, but Griffin can handle it.

''It's humbling to have the fans, whether it's football fans,basketball fans, chanting or cheering for you,'' Griffin said. ''Itmeans you're really doing something for the city.''

So, cornerback DeAngelo Hall was asked, is there anything Griffin can't do?

''Beat me in the 40,'' said Hall, a brave statement consideringGriffin was a college hurdles champion. ''Don't tell him that, though.He's got young legs, so he might think he can get me.''

''The kid's special,'' Hall added. ''He's on the verge of being arock star. We used to travel with Mike Vick when I was in Atlanta, andit was definitely a rock-star-type atmosphere wherever he went. And RGis having that same kind of following.

''When we were in Dallas, we saw people who had on Redskins gear andjerseys, and asked them, 'You all Redskins fans?' 'Nah.' 'You hate theCowboys?' 'Nah. Just love RG.' 'All right. We'll take it.'

''And that's kind of how it'sbeen. Guys might not like the Redskins, but they love him. They love himpersonally. ... Or just like the excitement he brings to the game.People like him. Fans like him. And we're getting that reciprocatingeffect as far as Redskins teammates being able to get - wherever we go,whatever city we go to - people in the stands cheering for us. Whetherthey're cheering his name or cheering for us in general, he has thatfollowing.''

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