NFL Watch // Luck & RG3 Neck and Neck in ROY Race

NFL Watch // Luck & RG3 Neck and Neck in ROY Race

Andrew Luck wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Andrew Luck poised under pressure in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.

words // Brandon Richard

Like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be forever linked as they continue to advance through their careers. In college, Luck was viewed as the ‘can’t miss’ prospect that no team would dare consider passing on…until Griffin III emerged. The man known as RG3 stole the spotlight with the Baylor Bears in 2011, winning the Heisman, numerous quarterback awards and the Alamo Bowl to put his extremely catchy name on the map. Luck was still Luck, toppling John Elway’s old records and racking up PAC-10 Awards for Stanford. He was still very much at the top of the discussion, but he fact that it was  a discussion surprised many.

When the names were called at the 2012 NFL Draft, Luck went first overall to the Indianapolis Colts as expected, followed by Griffin at two to the Washington Redskins. Both teams felt confident that they had selected the quarterbacks that would guide them through the next decade and beyond, but they probably didn’t expect either player to be this good this soon.

This past Sunday, Luck led his Colts into Detroit where they faced a tough matchup with the Lions. Down 33-21 in the fourth quarter, Luck authored a comeback that will be talked about in Indy forever. He threw a 42-yard touchdown to LaVon Brazil to bring the Colts within 5 and then connected with Donnie Avery on 4th and 10 with three seconds left to play for the game-winning 14-yard score. Luck now has five winning drives in his rookie season.

RG3 also provided the drama in his first ever Monday Night Football Game. Hosting the defending champion New York Giants, the Redskins kept themselves in the game with a spirited defensive effort. Down 16-10 entering the fourth quarter, Griffin capped off an 86-yard drive with an 8-yard strike to Pierre Garçon to give Washington a slim 17-16 lead. To close things out, RG3 orchestrated a drive that ate up nearly four minutes of game clock, leaving Eli Manning without a chance to upstage him in their first Monday meeting.

Which quarterback is the better player? Good luck answering that.

Also in Week 13, the Atlanta Falcons topped the New Orleans Saints 23-13 on Thursday; Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks came back late in Chicago to surprise the Bears; Green Bay moved forward with a win over the visiting Vikings; the Kansas City overcame a tragic week of events to pick up their second win of the season; St. Louis topped San Francisco in overtime of the tie game re-match; Charlie Batch led Pittsburgh to a big road win in Baltimore; and the Dallas Cowboys kept themselves in the playoff discussion with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night.

Check out today’s NFL Watch to see what pink football cleats and gear hit the field in Week 13.

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NFL Watch // Luck & RG3 Neck and Neck in ROY Race

Robert Griffin III wearing adidas SuperCharge Mid

Robert Griffin III runs for 46 yards in the adidas SuperCharge Mid.

Matt Ryan wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Matt Ryan drops back for a pass in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.

Ryan Fitzpatrick wearing Reebok Football Cleats

Ryan Fitzpatrick rolls out in custom Reebok football cleats.

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Marshawn Lynch runs strong in a custom colorway of the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Brady Quinn wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Brady Quinn locates a target in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro.

Aaron Rodgers wearing Nike Alpha Speed D

Aaron Rodgers walks off a hard hit in the Nike Alpha Speed D.

Stevan Ridley wearing Under Armour Highlight

Stevan Ridley finds the endzone in the Under Armour Highlight.

Greg McElroy wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Greg McElroy helped the Jets rally in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Steven Jackson wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Steven Jackson charges forward in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.

Arian Foster wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Arian Foster leaves the field in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo.

Von Miller wearing adidas Malice 2 Fly

Von Miller returns an interception for a touchdown in the adidas Malice 2 Fly.

Ryan Clark wearing Under Armour Blur MC

Ryan Clarks flies to help make a tackle in the Under Armour Blur MC.

Trent Richardson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Trent Richardson scores in a PE colorway of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.

AJ Green wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

A.J. Green sheds tackles in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

DeMarco Murray wearing adidas SuperCharge Mid

DeMarco Murray returned to the Cowboys’ lineup in the adidas SuperCharge Mid.

NFL Watch // Andrew Luck Shines in Colts Debut

NFL Watch // Andrew Luck Shines in Colts Debut

NFL Watch // Andrew Luck Shines in Colts Debut

words // Brandon Richard

It’s not everyday that an NFL team moves on from a player the caliber of Peyton Manning while the player still believes he has elite level football left to play. However, when faced with the opportunity to land a quarterback prospect described as the best since Manning, the Indianapolis Colts did just that. In April, the Colts selected Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, hoping that he’d guide their franchise into the future. Last Sunday, Indy got their first game look at their gunslinger of the future, and Luck passed the test with flying colors.

With his first ever pass as a pro, Luck dropped off a short ball to running back Donald Brown, who took it to the house for a 63-yard touchdown. Perhaps Brown deserves more credit for that one, but Luck’s brilliance continued. In the second quarter, he found veteran receiver Austin Collie for a 20-yard touchdown, giving the Colts a 14-0 lead. In one half of football, Luck completed 10-of-16 passes for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. You think Colt fans are excited?

Elsewhere, Robert Griffin III also found the endzone in his pro debut, throwing a 20-yarder to Pierre Garcon in the Washington Redskins’ 7-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Also, he only played one series and had a deflected pass picked off, but Peyton still had the zip in Chicago. The Broncos went on to take care of business defensively in Manning’s Denver debut, rolling to a 31-3 preseason win over the Bears.

What football cleats did these three stars wear in their highly anticipated debuts? You can find out in this week’s NFL Watch.

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NFL Watch // Andrew Luck Shines in Colts Debut

Andrew Luck wearing Nike Super Speed TD

Andrew Luck racked up big numbers in Super Speed TD Nike football cleats.

Robert Griffin III RG3 wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid Blackout

Robert Griffin III threw a touchdown pass in his Redskins debut wearing “Blackout” adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid cleats.

Peyton Manning wearing Reebok Football Cleats

Peyton Manning started a new era in Denver wearing Reebok football cleats.

Matt Flynn wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Matt Flynn scrambles in the new Seattle Seahawks uniform and the Nike Alpha Talon Elite.

LaMichael James wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Rookie LaMichael James warms up in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight

Cam Newton started his second campaign in the Under Armour Highlight.

Darren McFadden wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Darren McFadden pushes forward in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite.

Tamba Hali wearing Nike Air LT 2.1 D

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali gets set on defense in Air LT 2.1 D Nike football cleats.

Jason Pierre-Paul wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo Low

Jason Pierre Paul forces a fumble for the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo Low.

Brandon Weeden wearing Nike Super Bad Strike

Browns rookie Brandon Weeden drops back for a pass in Super Bad Strike Nike football cleats.

Tim Tebow wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Tim Tebow played his first game for the Jets in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite.

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo RM

Tom Brady works his way out of trouble in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo RM.

Julio Jones wearing Under Armour Mercenary III 3

Julio Jones makes a tough touchdown grab in Mercenary III Under Armour football cleats.

Jarrett Boykin wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Jarrett Boykin tries to make a catch in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite.

Emmanuel Sanders wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly PE

Emmanuel Sanders runs after making a catch in the Zoom  Vapor Carbon Fly Nike football cleats.

Reggie Bush wearing adidas Scorch X Superfly Mid White

Reggie Bush tries to avoid a tackle in Scorch X Superfly Mid adidas football cleats.

Nike Signs Quarterback Andrew Luck

Nike Signs Quarterback Andrew Luck

words // Brennan Hiro Williams

Today Nike announced the signing of two-time All-American quarterback Andrew Luck to its roster of athletes.

The former Stanford star will enter the April 26 NFL Draft as one of the most heralded quarterback prospects in decades. The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist led the resurgence of the Cardinal football program, helping his team to a 23-3 record over the past two seasons. Widely regarded as the likely first pick of the 2011 draft, Luck returned to school for his redshirt junior season, completing a record-breaking career as Stanford’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (82), total yards (10,387) and passing efficiency rating (162.8). Luck excelled as a scholar-athlete as well, as the architectural design major earned three straight Academic All-America honors during his time on The Farm.

“I’m excited to be part of the Nike team,” said Luck. “And I look forward to pursuing the next chapter of my career with such an innovative company supporting me.”

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to take Luck with the first pick, hoping that the 22-year-old signal caller can successfully step into the newly vacant starting role. The Colts released their all-world quarterback, Peyton Manning, last week after 14 years under center.

Nike Signs Andrew Luck