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Andrew Luck: Spectacular Rookie Season Doesn’t Make Colts QB Elite
Posted By Rick Weiner On November 8, 2012 @ 7:30 pm In Colts News | No Comments
Take a look at the passing leaders in the NFL  and you’ll see that the football gods are having a blast in 2012, as 23-year-old Andrew Luck  and the icon he’s replacing in Indianapolis, 36-year-old Peyton Manning , have each thrown for exactly 2,404 yards through the first nine weeks of the NFL season.
Peyton might have twice as many touchdowns, but it’s certainly ironic to see them with exactly the same yardage on the season.
Luck’s 433 yards passing last week against the Miami Dolphins  set a new NFL record for a rookie, and as longtime Colts  beat writer Mike Chappell notes, Luck was already rewriting the record books well before Week 9:
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) October 22, 2012 
He is on pace to throw for more than 4,400 yards in his rookie season, shattering the record of 4,051 set by embattled Carolina Panthers  QB Cam Newton last year.
It’s all impressive, and Luck is proving that he was, without question, worthy of being the top overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
But none of this makes him an elite quarterback.
Rick Mirer set multiple records for rookie quarterbacks with the Seattle Seahawks  in 1993, including most completions (274), attempts (486) and yards (2,833), a season that would be the highlight of his career.
He’d be out of the league by 1998, and he’d play in only 18 more games from 1999 through 2003.
I’m not saying that Luck is going to be Rick Mirer, because he’s not. Luck is far more talented a player than Mirer ever was, but the point is that no matter how prolific a rookie season someone has, they need to do it again, year after year, before they are considered to be elite.
Nobody questions that statement today.
Could Andrew Luck become an elite quarterback in the NFL? Absolutely.
Will be become an elite quarterback in the NFL? Probably.
But let’s hold off on the coronation ceremony for the NFL’s new king for a bit.
Those who came before him aren’t quite ready to accept new members into that exclusive club.
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