The NFL awards season is nearing, and the debate for who deserves what is heating up. Of particular note this season is the three-legged race (OK, six-legged) that developed for the 2012 Rookie of the Year.
However, while an individual accolade might be nice at the end of the season, a trio of rookie quarterbacks remain in the hunt for something much bigger.
Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have led their teams to the playoffs in their first NFL years, and their teammates are hoping that signal-callers can extend their seasons as long as possible.
With all three in action on wild card weekend, the world will be anxiously waiting to see who among the three can continue playing at the high level they’ve displayed this season, or if any will crumble under the playoff pressure.
Griffin enters the postseason leading the hottest team, with the Redskins winning seven in a row to clinch the NFC East. However, Wilson and the Seahawks aren’t far behind with five straight wins, and will look to make it six on Sunday afternoon in Washington. In the AFC, Luck will have the distinction of playing against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, meaning that Ray Lewis and Co. will be ready to officially welcome him to the playoffs.
It’s always difficult for any team to make the big game, but these rookies have shown poise beyond their years in getting their teams this far already. Which is best-equipped to take their team to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.