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.
Initially debuted in January, the 7.9 ounce adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid has been worn by the nation’s top high school football players at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and several of the NFL’s biggest stars in the 2012 Pro Bowl. Now, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III shares how the adiZero 5-Star Mid is helping him prepare for the 2012 NFL Draft. Below are videos in which he reviews the cleats and explains what he’s doing to prepare for his professional debut.
More than two ounces lighter than the nearest competitor, these adidas football cleats are designed to make players at all positions faster. With innovation cues taken from the 5-Star Low, the Mid features a single-layer synthetic SPRINTSKIN upper with a SPRINTFRAME base that reduces weight while maintaining support. Internal TPU bands offer increased stability for cuts and direction changes on the field, while triangular-shaped cleats provide players with maximum acceleration and traction on both natural and artificial surfaces.
The adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid is available now in Combine Gold at Eastbay.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III just signed a deal with adidas last week and the decision to wear the game’s lightest cleats is already paying off. After lacing up the “Combine Gold” colorway of the adidas adiZero 5-Star, RG3 dropped jaws at the 2012 NFL Combine by running an official 4.41 40-yard dash (4.38 unofficial), the third fastest 40 time posted by a quarterback since 2000.
Many NFL experts and analysts are suggesting that pound-for-pound, Griffin’s 40 time is the best we’ve ever seen from a quarterback. RG3 measured at 6’2 and 223 lbs., while Michael Vick (6’0, 210 lbs.) and Reggie McNeal (6’2, 198 lbs.) carried much smaller frames that aided their speed.
Griffin’s incredible performance didn’t end with the 40, however. He also showed off his hops, posting a 39″ vertical and 10′ broad jump.
This week, adidas announced a partnership with 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and top NFL Draft Prospect quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor University.
“adidas is a perfect fit for me,” said Griffin III. “They are always focused on the athlete first and that’s important for the way I play and the way I train. I’m excited to be part of the adidas family.”
The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O’Brien Award recipient and Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, Griffin III was a consensus first-team All-American finishing his Baylor career holding school records for passing yards, total offense, passing efficiency and passing touchdowns. Beyond the football field, Griffin III was an Academic All-American and graduated early with a degree in Political Science.
“Robert Griffin III is an athlete first and we respect everything he brings to the game,” said David Baxter, vice president of Sport Performance for adidas America. “His team player mentality, strong leadership on and off the field and genuine character combined with explosive and dominant athleticism make him a perfect fit for our brand. He’s clearly a great football player but, importantly, he’s a great athlete.”
Griffin is the latest addition to the adidas roster which includes names like NBA MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, MLB All-Star Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, U.S. track and field sprinter Tyson Gay, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly and WTA star Caroline Wozniacki.
With the deal, Griffin III will be featured in several adidas marketing initiatives this year and will play a key role in the development of football, running and training apparel and footwear, including the lightest in class adiZero collection.
Later this week in Indianapolis, RGIII will debut the exclusive Combine gold colorway of the 6.9 ounce adizero 5-Star low, the lightest cleat in football. Keep checking the Eastbay Blog for information on how you can own RG3’s new adidas football cleats.