Up-and-Coming Athletes

Listen up, sports fans! Here’s a great post just for you from my talented colleague and office next-door neighbor, Jon Fishman.

Seven weeks into the NFL season, two up-and-coming quarterbacks have been stealing headlines from the league’s veterans. On October 20, 2013, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts exorcised their “Peyton Manning demons” by beating the Denver Broncos. It was the first loss of the year for Denver. Manning, the quarterback who in 2007 led Indianapolis to the only Super Bowl win in the city’s history, left the Colts for Denver after the 2011 season. It was a painful breakup between player and team, but the Colts felt like they had a superstar quarterback of the future in Luck. On October 20, Luck showed that the future is now.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had an obstacle of a different sort to overcome in 2013. Griffin’s 2012 season ended with a knee injury that led to offseason surgery. His game is all about running and using his quick feet as well as his strong arm, so there was some trepidation that Griffin would lose a step or two after the injury. But after a slow start to the season, Griffin seems to be fully recovered. He threw two touchdown passes in a win against the Chicago Bears on October 20. Even more encouraging, Griffin had the second-most rushing yards on his team with 84.

As a Minnesota Vikings fan, I’m particularly interested in the development of these young quarterbacks. The Vikings will be looking for their own version of Luck or Griffin in the upcoming offseason. Anyone who has watched the Vikings this year knows just how important a good quarterback is to football success.

Check out Lerner Publications’ new titles Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III (covers pictured) to read all about how these young stars became household names among football fans everywhere.
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