Posted August 28, 2013

Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson on Sept. 2 covers of SI

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Colin Kaepernick appears on September 2 cover of Sports Illustrated

(Peter Read Miller for SI; Cary Edmondson/USA Today Sports)

The future of the NFL meets the past on the covers of this week’s Sports Illustrated. 

In 2012, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson took the league by storm. This week’s issue of SI features a four-cover regional series comparing each of the young quarterbacks to a past Super Bowl champion, showing ways in which the past could be prologue.

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Kaepernick transformed the 49ers after taking over for Alex Smith midway through the season, leading them within yards of a Super Bowl title. SI senior writer Austin Murphy details why Kaepernick is the new Steve Young, a Bay Area legend who won three Super Bowls in his career.

BURKE: Kaepernick poised to be one of ‘the greatest quarterbacks ever’?

Robert Griffin III appears on September 2 cover of Sports Illustrated

(Peter Read Miller for SI; Al Tielemans/SI)

Before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the playoffs, RGIII terrorized defenses with his unique combination of speed and arm strength. MMQB.com staff writer Jenny Vrentas writes that just because RGIII was “born to run,” doesn’t mean he can’t become an all-time gunslinger like John Elway.

FARRAR: RGIII will reportedly start Redskins’ regular-season opener

Andrew Luck appears on September 2 cover of Sports Illustrated

(Robert Beck/SI; Andrew Hancock for SI)

Last year, Luck set the record for the most passing yards by a rookie in a single season. MMQB.com staff writer Robert Klemko writes that Luck is on a path to become Peyton Manning, the player he took over for in Indianapolis.

FARRAR: Can Luck maintain magic in Year 2?

Russell Wilson appears on September 2 cover of Sports Illustrated

(Bill Frakes, Robert Beck/SI)

Height concerns caused Wilson to drop to the Seahawks in the third round of last year’s draft. Remind you of anyone? SI senior writer Jim Trotter says that Drew Brees has blazed a path Wilson could easily follow.

17 comments
Devyn Gentry
Devyn Gentry

Dude ok luck took a 2 game winning team with no depth at all and lost his head coatch,.he was sacked a million times and hit almost every play because of a terrible line. Thise guy had no halfbacks so no one was gonna buy the PA and he didnt get hurt like rg3 rookie season. Sure he had 18 ints but he threw the ball 600 some odd times 14th most on nfl history and he had 4300 yards and 23 tds. They went 11 and five like that give luck more credit than any roojie ever to play the game its deserved.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

One thing I do not get two years ago it was all about Luck, Luck Luck... Then Cam came along an earned the Heisman without the hype. The next year it was the same thing Luck, Luck and more Luck , then RG3 earned  the heismen with luck a distant second. Still people keep hyping up this guy.. He left Stanford where are they now still a top ten team... Auburn and Baylor before and after Cam and Rg3 ..point made.. 

Now it was all about Luck going into his rookie year.. Rg3 once again earn the rookie of the year... and still people hype up Luck after he was one of the NFL's top turnover machine but for some reason people seem to ignore those stats. Stop making excuses for this guy he has not lived up to the hype yet (see Lebron James, that is what living up to the hype means), until he does.... its should be RG3 who has earned gets my vote. Kaps still has a long way to go, give a healthy RG3 first and goal on the 5 yard line NO WAY HE WALKS AWAY without the Lombardi trophy

eric20131
eric20131

Kings? Guess you only have to get close nowadays to be a "King"

ahrcshaw
ahrcshaw

And Cam Newton beats them all.  Go Panthers.

dkatleman2
dkatleman2

Steve Young did not win three super bowls, he was a backup for two of them and won one in 1994

He was on a team that won three

spaceghostpower
spaceghostpower

brock osweiler will end up being better than all these clowns

LuckFan
LuckFan

Why do they keep allowing the worst pictures of Andrew Luck like this scary cover to be posted or published? The guy gets the unfair wrap of being unattractive b/c of horrible photos like these. There are tons of photos where Andrew Luck looks really attractive - look at these, the guy can be as attractive as Tim Tebow, but the Colts & now SI post such henious pictures of him.Anyone, even Tom Brady can take bad pictures if caught in a bad expression, hair cut or angle and yet they keep doing that (look up Aaron Rodgers’ bang haircut). Whoever did this cover for Andrew Luck should be fired. Check out how cute the cover below and second photo is in comparison. Posting him in an ugly light will hurt Colts ability to market him and thereby costing him and Colts millions in revenues. He should fire his uncle as manager b/c that is just dumb to not have someone help him manage that better. 

http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/Pics/Channels/2012/09-SEPT/LUCK/0912-LUCK-SPREAD.jpg

or

http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/65/6513/1PS6100Z/posters/andrew-luck-2012-posed.jpg

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@eric20131 How 'bout this one: 'New Knights at the Roundtable,' and put all four on the cover?

Jesse Bernal
Jesse Bernal

@dkatleman2 

Steve Young filled in nicely when Montana went injured so he deserves all the credit for doing his job when it came time.  Young only really played 8 seasons of starting QB football for the 49ers.  He sat behind Montana and wasted 4 years in the USFL and Tampa Bay Bucs.    

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@dkatleman2 If you don't think the backups on a football team have anything to do with the overall success of that team, you've never played football and know absolutely nothing about game preparations.

fio
fio

@LuckFan any good pictures of him are clearly exceptions to the rule. every time i see luck in an interview or something i can't help but think, jesus christ is this guy ugly. definitely one of the ugliest in the league. sorry your favorite player isn't attractive. deal with it or lower your standards.

LuckFan
LuckFan

@MyDogWally  Aside from the financial reasons I posted. If you are a fan of someone and you keep seeing them portrayed literally in an ugly light. It starts to get on your nerve and it also offends my eyes. I would have loved this cover to be a keepsake, but now won't want to be reminded of such a scary picture. At least the last Luck cover was a keepsake and better.

BruceFan1
BruceFan1

Are you a female? ( Not that he's anything wrong with that! Just wondering.)

LuckFan
LuckFan

@MyDogWally  You missed my point. 

Clearly I don't thnk that of him or I wouldn't have said that he was being put in the wrong light. I never said he was ugly, I meant that they kept using unflattering pictures of him. I am not talking about how this affects whether or not he wins games or that I think he’s unattractive. This is not about what I personally think of Andrew Luck, but how he will come off in the world of advertising and promotions. Clearly I think he can be very attractive, see the pictures Iincluded - Madison Ave dream pics.  I am talking about a cover of a magazine. Attractive covers sell -why else is SI's biggest seller each year is the swimsuit issue?  I’m talking about advertising dollars which is about being portrayed in the most attractive light in order to get strangers to want to buy what you are promoting.  His looks are often made fun of – Google his name and it comes up, hundreds of Twitter comments about it, even SI and other sports writers make fun of it (not in a mean way, but they joke that looks aren’t his strong point). I’m saying that’s like someone who is a good thrower getting the bad rap of a bad thrower b/c people only focus on the bad throws and not the good ones.  I just say SI and the Colts need to get better photographers and pick more flattering pictures of him. 

MyDogWally
MyDogWally

@LuckFan @MyDogWally With all due respect, the fact that you look at these pictures and continually see him as ugly says far more about you than it does about the people who choose the photos.  I think he's a reasonably good-looking guy, and I believe his pictures convey that.   

But even as a Seahawks fan, I wish Andrew Luck a very long and successful career.  I hope he breaks many passing records.  I hope he leads his team to greatness.  And I hope he stays healthy.  I wish for him all the things that are important to a football player, his family, and his teammates.  And I will continue to ignore the blindingly superficial issues, such as whether or not the photographer and photo editor made him look hunky.