The question is seemingly asked each NFL offseason and the pecking order of preferences tends to change over time.
Which player would you pick to start your NFL team?
Three Pro Bowls and playoff appearances in as many seasons makes Luck an obvious No. 1 choice. And the NFL leader in TD passes last season (40) turns 26 in September, so he’s still young with room to grow.
That’s probably why he edged Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was second with 31 percent of the vote. Rodgers has the more established career — his 10-year career passer rating of 106 ranks first in league history. He’s won one Super Bowl ring been voted NFL MVP twice and has been selected to four Pro Bowls.
He’s 31, so if the question is starting a franchise, it makes sense to take the guy who has more longevity, right?
When an NFL Network panel of retired stars Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp debated the question last year, Warner and Sapp chose Rodgers while Irvin wanted Luck and Faulk picked Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
“I would just take Luck for the youth in what I see going forward,” Irvin said.
Luck’s 12,957 passing yards is the most ever for a passer in the league’s first three seasons.?
Watt, 26, received 13 percent of the fan vote. In just four seasons, he’s been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice. He’s everyone’s choice as the game’s top defensive player.
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