Andrew Luck: Colts QB Will Not Be Denied Offensive Rookie of the Year Award

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Andrew Luck is the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

If we are being honest, it's really not even debatable at this point.

Robert Griffin III apologists will claim otherwise, of course, but deep down they know that Luck is the most deserving recipient.

No matter how much it stings to admit it.

I know it hurts, but consider the facts.

Don't forget—numbers never lie:

Through 12 games this season, Andrew Luck has 3,596 passing yds- the 3rd most by a rookie QB (behind P. Manning & C. Newton). #LuckOrRG3

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) December 3, 2012

That puts Luck fourth in the NFL, only 146 yards behind the league leader, Matthew Stafford, who has thrown for 3,742 yards through 12 games.

While RGIII has yet to play his Week 13 game, he trails Luck by more than 1,000 passing yards.

But Rick, Luck turns the ball over! RGIII doesn't do that!

Valid point. Luck has thrown four times as many interceptions (16) as RGIII has (4), but that's largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

Andrew Luck just became the 1st rookie QB selected No. 1 overall in the common draft era to win 8 games.

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) December 2, 2012

Andrew Luck has taken a team that was the worst in the NFL last season and led them to an 8-4 record.

The NFL is a bottom-line league, and the bottom line is wins.

Luck now has five game-winning drives and three fourth-quarter comebacks on the season.

In addition, he is responsible for more wins than any other rookie this season.

This isn't meant to disparage RGIII, because he is a phenomenal talent, and he is going to have a long, productive NFL career tormenting the NFC East and leading the Redskins to a sustained level of success nobody thought possible with Daniel Snyder's meddling ways.

But Andrew Luck is doing something that hasn't been done before—and there's nothing wrong with standing up and recognizing that.