By Tarik El_Bashir
The Redskins and Colts are selling $35 dollar t-shirts hyping Saturday’s “Quarterback Showdown” at FedEx field.
Robert Griffin III, however, isn’t buying the hype. At least not to the extent the NFL is attempting to sell it.
“I will never truly get to face Andrew [Luck] because he doesn’t play defense,” Griffin said. “We’ve just got to look forward to playing the Colts’ defense.”
But whether Griffin likes it or not, he and Luck will be inextricably linked throughout their careers. Luck was drafted first overall and Griffin went second in April’s draft. And because of that, they’ll be compared like Magic and Bird. Like Crosby and Ovechkin. Like Harper and Trout.
Through two preseason games, Griffin is 9 of 14 passing for 119 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Luck, meantime, is 26 of 41 for 363 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Griffin said he and Luck met for the first time last year at the Heisman Trophy award show in New York. The two also have occasionally exchanged text messages, but none recently.
“Since we’ve been drafted, we haven’t talked very much,” Griffin said. “But that’s because we’ve both just been busy.”
There won’t be much time for talk Saturday, either, when they meet for the first time on the field.
At least not between the dueling quarterbacks.
“I think I’ll leave the talking about me and him, the comparing and everything, to you guys,” Griffin said referring to media and fans. “I definitely look forward to playing the guy throughout my career. I think it will be an exciting matchup every time we face each other.”
“You hope that for every quarterback,” he added. “You never wish any quarterback any harm. We’re all trying to make it in this life and make it in this league. I wish the best for him.”