Through his first 3 NFL seasons, Andrew Luck seemed to be on a trajectory towards greatness. In his 4th season, Luck has dealt with one injury after another. Now he is likely to miss all but the final regular season game and his team, the Colts, might miss the playoffs for the first time in his career–despite playing in the awful AFC South.
When he came into the NFL, one veteran scout said Andrew Luck was the highest-rated prospect since Bo Jackson. Another scout said he was “Peyton Manning who could run the ball.” Jim Harbaugh, his college coach, said Andrew Luck was the kind of man he would want his daughter to marry. In short, he’s a once-a-generation prospect.
This Andrew Luck page includes stats, specs, and an expanding biography of the NFL’s most talented young quarterback. Whether 2015 is a blip on the radar or the start of a trend, I’ll cover the story over the year.
Andrew Luck Contract, Stats, News
College: Stanford Cardinal
Years Pro: 4
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Round Drafted: 1st – Pick: 1
Jersey Number: 12
Twitter Page: No official Twitter page
Andrew Luck Quotes
The thing I like most about football is it’s a meritocracy.
Biggest lesson I learned my first year in the NFL is no one gives a crap about what you did last week. This league is about what have you done for me now. That’s the NFL. It’s also our culture. So you keep working hard because that’s the biggest truth about football.
I’m not afraid to say I’m competitive.
I do know it’s great to have a support from a fan base of a team. Football is such a team game, such a team aspect to it…Good things happen, the praise is spread around; and bad things happen, usually it’s not just one person’s fault.
Watching soccer is my main hobby, really. I’m no tactician or coach, but I enjoy watching the free flow of it, the different styles, and the histories behind clubs. Like Barcelona vs. Madrid – it’s not just a soccer game; it’s a geopolitical struggle. There are great storylines and no commercials.
Houston is my team, always and forever. But with the new TV packages, it’s so easy to watch every league in the world, and my overseas fandom is driven by the American guys. If Sunderland’s on TV, I’ll watch Jozy Altidore. I try to watch Geoff Cameron at Stoke. When Clint Dempsey was at Tottenham, I watched a lot of his games.
On Peyton Manning
He’s been so successful, arguably the best quarterback ever to play the game. If you were trying to follow his footsteps, it would be incredibly difficult. I’d go crazy if I woke up every day and tried to compare myself to Peyton Manning.
It’s hard not to follow other careers of NFL quarterbacks in the 24/7 news-at-your-fingertips society we live in.
On Being a Leader
I think leadership is most effective when it’s your own personality. But I feel like it’s a natural progression as a quarterback, as well.
I think in any situation, so much of effective leadership is when it comes from your own personality. And I feel very fortunate to be comfortable in the Colts locker room, where people can be who they are, and they don’t have to change it when they show up to work that day.
I think there’s a lot to be learned from your teammates and older guys around you. And there are many ways to lead. You don’t have to change your personality to be a leader.
I realize that as the quarterback, you have to assume some sort of leadership role because you have to talk in the huddle on every play, and you’re essentially giving out orders to the team. But in my mind, I have to prove myself on the field before I can start asserting a leadership role.
On Facial Hair
I just grow a terrible mustache, so I try to use my neckbeard as a substitute. And when I get lazy, I don’t shave that often.
It’s usually my mom who gets on me about my facial hair. I can’t grow a good mustache, so I guess it’s just a neck beard. I just have trouble growing up there.
On Weight Training
I stay away from straight bench; all the work I do is with dumbbells to protect my rotator cuffs. Then I’ll do a bunch of different pull moves like inverted rows before finishing with some simple internal or external rotations with a band to strengthen my shoulder.
LaRon Landry, a safety, is in incredible physical condition–really impressive. Also Anthony Castonzo, the left tackle–I’m very impressed with him. He really sets a great example for how to stay in shape – not only during the off-season but throughout the season, which can be a struggle because of the rhythm of the way things work.
On College Education
I think I feel fortunate to have been very well educated in terms of strength and training while I was at school at Stanford, and I think our strength coaches here on the Colts do a great job. A big part of being able to withstand hits is making sure that you’ve got a good base.
It was nice to finish up at Stanford. I think I always felt that I would be there for four years and graduate, and definitely didn’t want to leave early. A degree was definitely a plus, and I was having a lot of fun in school. But after football, you know, I don’t know. I really did enjoy studying architecture; it was a blast.
On Klipsch Audio Technologies
After doing some research with my agent, we found out Klipsch was an official Colts partner, and they were based in Indianapolis, which only added to my esteem for the company. I also have a passion for design and technology that developed while I was at Stanford and appreciate the quality of Klipsch’s speakers and headphones.
My number one focus is and will always be football. I wanted to make sure that companies I partner with not only respect that, but also make sense and are quality products. I think Klipsch is synonymous with quality in the sound industry, so it was a natural partnership.
My acting chops are awful.
I’m a big fan of historical fiction stuff. Historical battles – ‘Gladiators,’ ‘The Patriot.’
I like to play football, read some books, study.
My goal is to be the best quarterback I can be for the Colts, and hope that it’s good enough.
On Punting in Football
I think a punt can be a big play in a game. If it’s anything like a real game, then you realize that a Pat McAfee punt that downs someone inside the 2-yard line can really swing a game. I’m all for punting in video games.
On His Lifestyle
I like being able to walk or ride my bike to restaurants and do different things.
I grew up in the suburbs, so I figured ‘Why not try downtown living?’ And, honestly, I love it. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how much downtown Indianapolis has to offer.
I realize I’m very fortunate to hopefully make a lot of money playing football. I don’t know if I want to abuse that privilege and make myself a larger figure than I am.
On His Childhood and Upbringing
When I grew up, my father taught us the value of hard work. He wanted us to enjoy ourselves, but he also wanted to know what it took to be successful. He coached a lot of our sports teams growing up. We weren’t very good, but we learned about hard work and enjoying life and your teammates.
I grew up in Europe, and soccer was the first organized game I played. When we moved back to the U.S. in the middle of 4th grade, I switched to American football and stopped playing competitively until college, when I played intramurals.
I have three younger siblings, so the four of us were outside all the time after school playing games, making up games. My sister made up a game called ‘roof ball.’ We’d play that constantly. She always beat me in it, and it made me very mad. But we were outside all the time.
I was always impressed by how much my dad went out in the yard and played with me and my siblings when we were kids. I’m sure he was tired coming back from work, since he traveled a lot. But he always took time out of his day to go out in the yard.
On Maintaining Good and Healthy Habits
I do like routines. Waking up the same time, go to bed the same time.
I’m a big sleep guy. I think my schedule sorta starts with sleep and making sure I get enough of it. I’m an eight-plus hours guy. I would love to sleep more. I definitely try to create a routine and not stray from that routine at all, but I will take advantage of having an off-morning. And I really have become a fan of the 20-minute catnap.
Breakfast is so important, so I’ll make an omelet with cheese and deli meats, and then I’ll eat muesli and yogurt mixed with fruit or oatmeal with fruit – and then a side of baked beans.
I try to eat fruit and veggies and meat and all the different categories and have a well rounded diet.
To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It’s often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It’s the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life.
The sweetest thing we ever had was, like, animal crackers in the pantry. I think my parents sort of passively made sure that we didn’t have a lot of junk food at our disposal, and I think that helped me and all my siblings growing up with how to approach nutrition and eating right.
I wouldn’t say you worry about your health when you run. I would say a quarterback as an obligation to protect yourself as a runner, whether it’s getting out of bounds, sliding or getting down, whatever it might be.
I have an irrational fear that something bad is going to happen to me when I’m drinking out of a water fountain. I have no idea why.
Food really is fuel–and hydration as well–but for athletic activity, you really got to take it seriously, or else it can negatively impact your performance.
I think chocolate in moderation is not bad for you, but I eat way too much. I tell myself I’m going to eat two squares, and then I end up eating half a big bar.