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Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic talk about the NFL's new Golden Age of Quarterbacks.

MF: Do you think RGIII’s knees will hold up this season?

Greenberg: I hope they do because I love watching him play. I think RGIII is the most exciting player to come into the NFL since Randy Moss. Before Moss was Barry Sanders. Before him was Lawrence Taylor. Guys who come in and it’s just different. Michael Vick. He’s just different from everybody else. I think RGIII has that quality about him. He didn't have one knee surgery. He had two. 

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MF: What about Russell Wilson? He happens to be on the cover of our October issue.

Greenberg: We use the expression “gets it.” Well, I’ve never met a young man who "gets it" the way this guy gets it. He has leadership coming out of his ears. He’s going to be phenomenal. From a dynamic athletic standpoint, I don’t think he’s RGIII, but he certainly is a dynamic athlete and I think he has a chance to be just as good if not better.

MF: What do you think of the kid from Florida State University, Jameis Winston?

Greenberg: I jokingly said to Kirk Herbstreit on our show the other day, "I don’t want to overstate things after one performance, but I think he’s going to be the greatest player who ever lived." Obviously that’s a joke. But I’ve never seen a kid look the part in his first game more than he looks the part. Just look at him. He stands so tall in the pocket. If you created a robot and said, "This is the body that I want to play quarterback, what I want him to look like," that’s what he would look like. 

Golic: What impressed me, forgetting the stats–25 for 27, 356 (yards), four touchdowns, and ran for one--is his poise. I liked how cool he was. When he threw the ball under pressure, he didn’t get happy feet. He didn’t start running at any sign of pressure. 

MF: This is a good question for you. As I was walking in here, I saw a Time magazine cover with Johnny Manziel on paying college athletes. First, what do you think of Manziel and whether he might come out this year? Also, should athletes like Johnny Manziel be getting paid?

Golic: Well Manziel, he makes it sound like he’s going to come out this year. I think other people think he’s a better quarterback than I think he is. I don’t know how well his game is going to translate to the NFL. He runs well, but I think he needs to learn to throw better. No matter how well you run, you need to learn to throw from the pocket in the NFL. 

And, no, I do not think that athletes should get paid at all. They get a scholarship worth $200,000 to $250,000. When 99% of them go on to the real world, because really only 1% of them go on to the pros, these people aren’t paying off any student loans. The other thing is: How do you figure out what to pay them? Are you only going to pay the athletes on scholarship teams who make money for the school? If you come up with a viable system that’s fair and won’t open a Pandora’s box to more cheating, then I’d be willing to look at it, but for the most part I don’t think they should get paid.

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