Magic Johnson’s ‘baby hook’ in the 1985 NBA Finals. Reggie Jackson‘s three home runs in the World Series. Muhammad Ali with the knockout of Sonny Liston. These were moments when men went from good to great.
The story of the 2012 NFL season can’t be told without the dominating narrative of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson. Each of these players had their specific situation when they went from ordinary rookie to extraordinary quarterback.
Here’s a look at the moments that defined these rookie quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL season.
Andrew Luck: Week 13
The Lions led the Colts 33-21 after Jason Hanson’s field goal late in the fourth quarter. The Colts had already secured the title for sentimental champions of the year for the way they competed. Luck was not satisfied with moral victories, however.
Despite having tossed three interceptions already, Luck was undaunted as he drove the Colts down for the winning touchdown. Take a look at his often overlooked athleticism on display.
Luck’s fourth touchdown of the game gave the Colts a 35-33 win.
Robert Griffin III: Week 7
Some might say the Redskins’ win over the Eagles in Week 11 might have been the defining moment. And I get that. But the way RG3 rallied the Skins in the final minutes against the defending champions, on the road, was much more of a “holy (expletive)” moment.
And really, it’s not his fault the Redskins defense let him down, either. If the Redskins defense does its job, there’s no point when Mike Shanahan throws in the towel.
Russell Wilson: Week 13
Wilson was a nice story, but many dismissed him as they said, “He only wins at home.” Wilson changed all of that with a win on the road in Chicago. A win that would ultimately cost the Bears a playoff spot.
Here, Wilson gives the Seahawks the lead over the Bears.
And here, Wilson leads the Seahawks to the win in overtime.