NFL Rookie of the Year 2012: Robert Griffin III Deserves Award over Andrew Luck

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are sure to be compared from now until the end of time, but it should be Griffin that earns the Rookie of the Year award over Luck.

There's no arguing that both players have been fantastic for their teams this season. The No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2012 draft, they've lived up to the pre-draft hype and turned their teams into playoff contenders.

Both quarterbacks have shown that they are in for promising careers and were the marquee talents as rookies this season. However Griffin has made the better case to win the award.

Ultimately, personal awards more times than not come down to the personal stats of the players involved.

Griffin's statistics paint the picture of a much more efficient quarterback than his Colts counterpart. 

Luck holds the advantage in total yards with 3,792 compared to Griffin's 2,902, but that's the only significant advantage that Luck holds. Griffin has the better completion percentage (66 to 55), quarterback rating (104.2 to 74.2) and has the same amount of touchdown passes (18). The difference is that Griffin has only thrown four interceptions all season. Luck has thrown 18.

Statistically, Griffin is the more complete passer. That's not even accounting for rushing statistics.

Luck is a solid athlete in his own right. He's rushed for five touchdowns and has 223 yards on the season. However, Griffin's rushing numbers look like a running back's.

The former track star has 748 yards on the season and six touchdowns.

When it comes to filling up the stat sheet, Griffin is superior to Luck.

The counter argument, of course, is that Luck has won more games. That's true. Although the season still has three games left and the Redskins could potentially tie the Colts by the end of the season, wins matter and Luck holds that advantage.

That being said, degree of difficulty must be considered when comparing the success of Luck and Griffin's teams.

The Colts turnaround has been remarkable, but not improbable. Indianapolis has also been fortunate to play a schedule that has been conducive to a quick turnaround.

Only two of the team's nine wins have come against teams that currently have winning records and they haven't played the only dominant team in the division (Houston) yet.

By comparison, Griffin's 7-6 Redskins have earned four of their seven victories over teams that have winning records.

Luck completely transformed the Colts into a playoff contender, there's no denying that. Last season the Colts were listless on offense and didn't have a team identity. With Luck at the helm they have a dangerous pass attack and have proven to be better than the bad teams in the league.

Griffin has had a similar impact on the Redskins. After the team struggled with the likes of John Beck at the helm last season, he has come in and changed the team into a playoff contender that boasts the league's No. 1 rushing attack thanks to his dynamic playmaking abilities.

All things considered, the two have had a similar impact on their teams but Griffin III has done it with more style. When it comes to individual awards, that matters. It's what makes Griffin the more deserving candidate in what should be a razor-thin race for the Rookie of the Year award.