Some call it the Rookie Revolution, I call it a transformation.
We are at the dawning of a new era. NFL quarterbacks come and go as fast as my girlfriends and finding a franchise player to throw the pigskin effectively is hard to come by. Even when a guy has a successful college career, that does not mean it will translate into success in the NFL. Lucky for us NFL fans, the draft class of 2012 provided arguably the most talented and most productive group of first year quarterbacks ever to take the gridiron each Sunday.
For the first time in NFL History, three rookie quarterbacks lead their team to the playoffs. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, and Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins.
Each stud brought with them a new dimension to the NFL that is transforming the quarterback position. The three Rookie of the year candidates have amazing athletic ability. They possess a unique mixture of talents including: their speed and power, solid arm strength with impressive accuracy, and possibly the most impressive of qualities, their leadership,confidence and work ethic.
It did not take very long for these proteges to find a role on their teams. They have shown an uncanny ability to focus and lead and now the rewards are just beginning. Griffin was named a team captain at the start of the season; Wilson was voted winner of the Steve Largent Award, given to the team’s most inspirational player.
In a league where quarterback play is incredibly critical, the NFL has been blessed with great athletes and ambassadors to lead the NFL into another era.
It is not only Wilson, Griffin and Luck who have shown signs of greatness, there are others also. Other rookie starters include Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill, and Kirk Cousins. Even though those players did not make the playoffs, they displayed their abilities and gave hope to the future of their represented franchises. Five of which started the teams’s first game, the most since 1950.
It is obvious these magnificent competitors are and will continue to change the quarterback position with their abilities to throw and run affectively. I as a fan, am glad to be able watch these guys compete each week of the NFL season and can’t wait to see what greatness is in store future for them. In a time where drugs, partying, and recklessness are prevalent in pop culture, it is amazing to see rookie quarterbacks who are as humble and motivated as these guys. And because of their winning mindset, they will only get better with time.
Rewriting of the Rookie Record Books
Andrew Luck threw for over 4300 yards.(NFL Rookie Record)
Andrew Luck with over 600 passing attempts.(NFL Rookie Record)
RGII’s 102.4 Passer Rating. (NFL Rookie Record)
RGII’s 815 Rushing Yards.(NFL Rookie Record)
Russell Wilson’s 30 TD passes.(NFL Rookie Record)
Russell Wilson’s 385 passing yards in playoff game.(NFL Rookie Record)