With each passing week, the debate over this year’s best rookie quarterback in the NFL intensifies.
The Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III have been the center of much of that conversation.
After the Colts comeback victory Sunday in Detroit, NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci wondered out loud if Luck shouldn’t be considered as a candidate for NFL MVP, adding that he could well be one of the top six quarterbacks in the league—right now.
A national TV audience will get another look at RGIII as Washington battles the N.Y. Giants on Monday Night Football.
Few would argue that both are having great rookie seasons.
But is there another rookie-of-the-year candidate? According to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, there is.
And with each passing week, fewer people would argue that Seattle’s Russell Wilson shouldn’t at least be part of the conversation.
“They’re going to hype who they're going to hype, and you’re in the Seattle market, and it doesn't matter what you do,” Sherman told reporters following the Seahawks victory at Chicago on Sunday. “He's beat the Bears, the Packers, the Patriots. You show me another quarterback with his resume, and I'll show you a great quarterback. But he doesn't get the credit because they don’t want to give him the credit. They don't want to make him a big name. They make the guys a big name who they want to make a big name. He's a great quarterback, and he's probably a little better than [Luck and Griffin].”
Sherman said because Luck and Griffin were the top two picks in this year’s draft and Wilson wasn’t taken until the third round, he hasn’t been getting his due from the media. He also pointed out that athletes in the Pacific Northwest get overlooked.
Wilson, a Wisconsin graduate, led touchdown drives of 94, 97 and 80 yards on Sunday, including a late game-winner. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 293 yards and did not throw an interception for the fourth straight game. He also ran for 71 yards on Sunday.
Sherman’s arguments might have rung a little louder had Luck not been conducting his own late-game heroics in Detroit.
Hard telling what Griffin will do tonight in Washington to thrust himself into the limelight.
One thing is pretty certain: This debate isn’t going to end any time soon.