1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
What Luck’s done this season in Indianapolis is nothing short of amazing. Due to Stanford’s late graduation date, he didn’t join the Colts until mid-June. He learned a new offense, met new coaches, got veterans and rookies alike to trust him, and he magically picked up right where arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game left off. Everyone in Indianapolis is happy for Peyton Manning, but I doubt many fans regret how things shook out back in March. Luck’s got his team one win away from the playoffs and the future is nothing but bright. There have been several great rookie performances, but what Luck’s overcome — considering the Colts’ 2012 season — is remarkable. 2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
The last time the Redskins held the NFC East division lead entering Week 16 was before the turn of the century (1999). Griffin’s not only done it all on the field for the Redskins, but he’s invigorated a long-suffering fan base with excitement and hope. Washington gave up several draft picks to land Griffin. He hasn’t disappointed. Russell Wilson deserves consideration, here, too — but RG3 is my runner-up to Luck. All three have been fabulous. - Peter Schrager
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