For those Robert Griffin III apologists, stop now, because you'll only embarrass yourself. That's no disrespect to RGIII, who is a phenomenal talent and is going to have a long, productive career at the helm of the Washington Redskins. But he can't hold a candle to Andrew Luck right now.
Luck has already done something that the legend he's replacing, Peyton Manning, has never done:
Andrew Luck now has 5 rush TD this season, the most of any #Colts QB in a single season. Yes, more than that Peyton guy ever had.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 9, 2012
OK, Peyton isn't a mobile quarterback, so is this really an impressive stat? It is when you consider this:
Andrew Luck now has the same number of rushing TDs (5) as Cam Newton & Michael Vick combined.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 9, 2012
Blah, blah, blah, so Luck can run the ball. Big deal. So can RGIII.
True, but Luck's got the whole throwing thing down pretty well, as ESPN's Rick Reilly notes:
Only 2 QBs have ever had 4 300-y games in their rookie seasons -- Andrew Luck + Peyton Manning ... But, sure, RG3 is rookie of the year.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 5, 2012
Nowhere near as impressive but still worth noting is that Luck has already eclipsed the accomplishments of his father, former NFL QB Oliver Luck, in only 10 games:
Andrew Luck has 15 total TD this season. That's one more than his father Oliver had in his NFL career. #Colts— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 9, 2012
Andrew Luck has now topped career passing yards total of his dad, Oliver (2544), who spent ’83-’86 with Oilers #INDvsJAC— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) November 9, 2012
Two weeks ago, Luck set the NFL record for passing yards in a single game by a rookie, with 433 against the Miami Dolphins.
He's on pace to throw for 4,677 yards, shattering the record for a rookie set by Carolina's Cam Newton last season with 4,051.
Luck's not yet an elite quarterback, but he's well on his way to joining that select group of gunslingers.
Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment on his resume thus far has been the fact that he's taken control of an Indianapolis Colts team that was one of the worst in the NFL and turned them into a legitimate playoff contender.
No other rookie in the league can say that, and no other rookie in the league is worthy of the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season.