NFL Rookie of the Year 2012: Award Is Still Andrew Luck's to Lose After Week 16

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2012

While the race for the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award is entering the final lap, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is in the lead—and unless he lets up, Luck will be the one to cross the finish line first.

While Washington's Robert Griffin III and Seattle's Russell Wilson will do their best to catch him, what Luck has accomplished in 2012 still ranks ahead of the accomplishments of his incredibly talented counterparts under center in the 2012 rookie class.

In leading the Colts to a 20-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16, Luck added even more accomplishments to his already crowded resume.

He has rewritten the record books for rookie quarterbacks, as you can see in this tidy little graphic courtesy of Bleacher Report's official Twitter account:

Andrew Luck just broke Cam Newton's record for most passing yards by a rookie QB…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 23, 2012

In the past 42 years, no quarterback in NFL history has brought his team back from the brink of disaster more than Luck has, a point not lost on the folks over at ESPN Stats & Info (via Twitter): 

(ELIAS) The 7 game-winning drives by Andrew Luck in 4th Q or OT tie mark for most SINCE NFL-AFL merger

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 23, 2012

Even the Iron Sheik, legend of professional wrestling, couldn't help but be impressed by what he saw out of Andrew Luck on Sunday afternoon (via Twitter): 

The Andrew Luck 100000 time better than the jabroni Tony Romo

— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) December 23, 2012

I mean really, how can you argue against that logic?

Individual stats aside, what Luck has accomplished under center for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 is nothing short of miraculous.

He has taken the reins of a team that won a total of two games in 2011 and led it to a 10-win season and a berth in the playoffs.

More impressively, he has stepped under center in Indianapolis and done what nobody thought possible—he made the departure of Peyton Manning sting less than it would have normally.

I'm not going to stretch things and say that he's made people forget about Manning, because that's impossible, but you won't hear anyone in Indianapolis bemoaning the fact that they have Luck under center.

Predictably, catchphrases like "It's all about Luck" or something to that extent have become commonplace when talking about the Colts rookie,  as evidenced by Nike's official Twitter account:

Luck has everything to do with it.…

— Nike Football (@usnikefootball) December 23, 2012

That's cute and all, but the reality of the situation is that luck has nothing to do with it.

Andrew Luck is just that damn good.