One was a prodigious college quarterback some experts thought should have gone first in the NFL draft. The other was a washed-up minor league second baseman forced to transfer when his original college team decided it was time to move on.
The rights to draft one second were acquired at the cost of a fortune in draft picks: three first-rounders and a second-rounder. The other wasn’t chosen until the third round, four picks after Jacksonville selected Bryan Anger, a punter (a selection that continues to burn many Jaguar fans with Anger).
One was coronated franchise quarterback on draft day. The other had to muddle through a three-way quarterback competition before earning the starting job midway through the preseason schedule.
One has now muddled through two seasons of injuries, showing flashes of brilliance mixed with evidence he still has a lot to learn about quarterbacking in the NFL. The other just won the Super Bowl and non-ironically declared that he plans to one day be the QB of all time.
Russell Wilson and RGIII entered the NFL at roughly the same time. And while media narrative initially centered on RGIII and actual number one overall pick Andrew Luck, by the time Wilson and Griffin met in the playoffs their rookie years, Russell had forced himself into the conversation about the best rookie QB in the NFL.
ESPN declared, “The numbers suggest Griffin and Wilson are interchangeable from a production standpoint.” I personally disputed that notion then — and continue to do so now — but I think it’s at least fair to say that Russell Wilson has had more success as an NFL quarterback to this point.
Which means RGIII has a lot of catch-up to do. He has to do his best to become at least as good as Russell Wilson. But how does he plan to pull that off?
Yesterday, he gave us a hint; specifically, he unveiled his new logo on Instagram: