The quarterback class of 2012 turned out to be one of the better ones in NFL history. In fact it was so good that when all is said and done, it might go down as the best of all time. Four of the 11 QBs drafted were taken in the first round; five started 15 or more games; three others combined for another 14 starts; and three would lead their teams into the playoffs.
However, through it all, two names stood out above the rest—Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
Though different in their style of play, Griffin and Luck would come out of their rookie seasons looking very much the same. In their first experience as NFL starters, both quarterbacks went 8-4 in conference play, were over .500 in their division, and neither one ended up with a losing record either at home or on the road. Andrew Luck led the Colts to the playoffs with an 11-5 record while the Redskins would do the same finishing at 10-6. RGIII, however, would personally go just 9-6 with Washington’s 10th win coming at the hands of yet another rookie, Kirk Cousins.
The likenesses between the two are astounding. They both even set two rookie QB records apiece.
Here are the individual numbers from Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck’s rookie seasons:
When they were selected first and second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, there was no doubt their names would be linked to one another for all eternity. Now, after leading their teams to the playoffs while breaking records along the way, their path to the Hall of Fame seems destined to be parallel as well.