Andrew Luck is a bad motherfucker. If you disagree, I weep for you, and I also suspect that you are probably a Titans, Jaguars (I’m sorry) or Texans fan.
Luck is the best young quarterback in the league right now, currently in his second year with the Indianapolis Colts. He embodies the phrase “hard work”. No flashy tattoos (none, period), no wildly charismatic egotistical traits, no Twitter, no irrelevant Instagram account featuring pictures of overpriced Starbucks drinks that nobody gives a shit about, no nightclub or bar hoppin’, no excessive alcohol imbibing. He just suits up in a blue and white Colts uniform and plays a good goddamn game of football.
In a couple of years, Andrew Luck will be the best quarterback in the National Football League, and there’s not a damn thing anybody can do about it. He’ll also eventually wield a Super Bowl ring. Face the facts.
I have to admit, I’m now on the Luck bandwagon after he treated the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks to humbling defeats. The win against the Niners was a blowout and the defeat against Seattle was a narrow escape. Nonetheless, wins are wins, and Luck’s Colts have four of them, with their only loss coming at the hands of a Miami Dolphins team that was in the midst of a 3-0 start.
I first got a look at Luck in the 2010-2011 NCAA football season’s Orange Bowl when he and the Stanford Cardinal blew out the Virginia Tech Hokies 40-12. Luck passed for 287 yards and four touchdowns. I was a hell of a whole lotta little bitter at the time, frustrated by the Hokies’ underwhelming lack of success against top-tier teams, but respecting Luck’s skills and abilities as a quarterback was something I couldn’t ignore.
In his rookie season last year, he was more than ignored by most football pundits given the play of Robert Griffin III (now an injury-riddled shill of what he was as a rookie; just stating the facts, no hate for RG3 here), the unexpected rise to stardom of Russell Wilson and the entrance of third year quarterback Colin Kaepernick who replaced Alex Smith in the middle of the year. Luck and the Colts went on to lose to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
I don’t understand how a case can be made that guys like Kaepernick or Wilson will mold into better quarterbacks. Kaepernick inherited an incredible supporting cast – talent outta the wazoo. Wilson also has one hell of a group around him. Luck has synergistically and cohesively played well with his young team as they’ve grown together as a unit.
When Peyton Manning hangs up the cleats and Tommy Three-Rings (Tom Brady) decides to leave the game, the league will belong to Luck. Mark those words.