Is Robert Griffin III the Anti-Michael Vick?

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 29, 2012

Oct 21, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Washington Redskins 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Robert Griffin III has drawn many comparisons to Michael Vick since joining the NFL this season. However, what may be more important than their similarities are their stark contrasts.

Yes, both players have the added dynamic of rushing the football, moving the pocket and extending plays with their feet and versatility. However, RG3 does not utilize this ability in the same way Vick has perennially done throughout his career.

Even as a young rookie, RG3 has already showcased the wherewithal to stand in the pocket and deliver accurately thrown passes as defenders breathe down his neck. This is not an ability often associated with Vick, as he often scramble in the face of pressure and forces difficult passes.

RG3 has completed 66.8 percent of his passes through eight games while Vick completed just 44 percent of his passes in his rookie campaign of 2001. 

In that season, Vick averaged just 98 yards passing per game, and he did not reach 200 yards per contest until the 2010 campaign, the same season he recorded a career high 62.6 completion percentage. RG3 has been just the opposite, averaging 222 yards passing per game.

Yes, RG3 has many of Vick's skills, but to try and pigeon-hole him as just another Vick clone would be a mistake. 

Then, of course, there is the off-field aspect of this comparison. Vick is not exactly a popular player. His dog fighting scandal has been well documented and created a lot of resentment from fans, coaches, players and everyone else in the world.

While Vick has undoubtedly taken many steps to regain any type of positive image, the fact remains that he is disliked by most people. In fact, he was voted the most disliked player in the NFL.

Could you imagine RG3 ever being nominated for such a dubious distinction? He is a player that has been showered with nothing but praise and support of his work ethic and positive demeanor.

Yes, both players came into the NFL with a great amount of hype and publicity. Both are talented athletes that have transcended the quarterback position, but that does not mean they should be instantly put into the same category.

There is a difference between having the ability to run and being overly reliant upon it. There is a difference between having a strong arm and being able to deliver accurate passes from the pocket. Most importantly, there is a difference between getting to the NFL and knowing how to conduct yourself once you get there.

RG3 is one of the most exciting players to join the NFL's ranks in recent years, but he is not just another scrambling quarterback in the vein of Vick. He is the Anti-Vick, and deserves to be considered as such.