The comparisons between Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck will follow them throughout their lives. Everything they do will be scrutinized, from touchdowns and interceptions to commercials and children.
So let's think a little bit outside the box from the instant comparisons of today. Let's take a gander into the future and see how these peers will rate against each other in five years.
The question of which player is better is always going to be a bit murky. Especially when we are looking so far down the line.
However, we can start with the baseline that they have provided in their rookie seasons and then project which components are likely to improve as time wears on.
Through 11 games, RG3 has posted an incredible 104.6 quarterback rating while completing 67.4 percent of his passes and averaging 8.21 yards per attempt. Those numbers place him at second, third and second in the league, respectively.
Luck has not been quite as impressive. He's only completing 55.5 percent of his tosses, averaging 7.15 yards per attempt and recording a quarterback rating of 76.1.
However, Luck has been incredible in the clutch, leading game-winning drives and even pulling out a victory against the Detroit Lions on the last play of the game.
But RG3 hasn't been a slouch when it counts, either. He's often been the victim of his defense, regardless of his late-game heroics.
To think about the future, it wouldn't hurt to recall the last year of each kid's college career. Despite all the incoming hype for Luck, Griffin still walked away with the Heisman, and deservedly so.
The NFL is shifting. Being able to break off big runs while also holding his own in the pocket will set RG3 apart from almost every other quarterback in the league.
Luck is a pocket passer. So is Griffin, but he can do so much more.
The fact that Griffin completes so many more passes shows he's grasping the offense laid out for him. Yes, there are quite a few short passes, but he's shown the ability to connect on longer throws.
He's going to keep getting better at an exponential rate. Luck will get better, but it's hard to see him keeping pace.
The past provides all the details one needs to see the future. The kid under center for the Washington Redskins is going to be the best quarterback in the league within a half-decade.
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