Give Grossman a break


Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 11:46 p.m.

In an article in the July 29 Sun sports section, serious doubts about Rex Grossman's ability are raised, I believe unfairly. While Grossman had up and down games this past season, it was really only his first full season after suffering severe injuries in the prior two years.

I wonder if the writer raising doubts about Grossman took any time to look at early statistics of some quarterbacks who are widely regarded as great. For example: During their first full three years of NFL play, Elway had 47 touchdowns and 52 interceptions and his completion average was 52.6 percent; Aikman had 31 touchdowns and 46 interceptions and his completion average was 58.3 percent; Bradshaw had 31 touchdowns and 58 interceptions and a completion average of 46.66 percent; and Namath had 63 touchdowns and 70 interceptions and an average of 50 percent. Rex Grossman, after only one year has 23 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a 54.6% average.

Not everyone will start his NFL career the same way as Marino, Montana and Manning; but I believe that Rex is in good company with some great stars. There is no telling whether Rex will be an NFL great. Only time will tell, but give the guy a chance, will ya?

George Barnett,

Micanopy

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