Tying a burgundy and gold bow to season that Redskins fans won't soon forget, quarterback Robert Griffin III won the 2012 AP offensive rookie of the year award Saturday night at the NFL Honors annual awards show in New Orleans.

Griffin took the stage and accepted the award from New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

"Well, it's a truly a blessing to be up here and be able to stand, first and foremost," he said. "I had a tough injury there at the end of the season. I thank our coaches, thank our players. I want to give a hand clap for Alfred Morris, who's also up for this award. All the competition for this award was extremely good. … It seems like the league's in good hands with the young quarterbacks."

Griffin's teammate, running back Alfred Morris was also up for offensive rookie of the year honors and in attendance Saturday night. The Redskins hadn't boasted an offensive rookie of the year since running back Mike Thomas in 1975.

"Times have changed," Griffin said before the night's festivities. "It's time for us to take that first place like we did this past year in the NFC East, and we've just got to keep building from there."