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Andrew Luck. Andrew Austen Luck (born September 12, 1989) played his college football at Stanford, won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award as college football's player of the year, and was recognized as an All-American. He was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011 and for both those years was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12. Although widely projected as the first overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Luck decided to return to Stanford for his redshirt junior season. A year later, he was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang had called Luck the best prospect he had ever scouted, while the Kansas City Star put him in line with LeBron James and Bryce Harper as "the most hyped amateurs in recent sports memory". But, as was the case with James and Harper, Andrew Luck proved to be much more than just hype. He is a bonafide star NFL quarterback. It didn't take the Indianapolis Colts fans long to get over the departure of Peyton Manning because it was clear from the start that Luck could get the job done.
In his first three professional seasons, Luck led the Colts to three playoff appearances including two division titles in 2013 and 2014. He also earned a Pro Bowl selection in each season. In the 2013-14 NFL playoffs, he led the Colts to the second largest playoff comeback in NFL history. Primarily known for his passing, Luck has also established himself as an elite running quarterback.
On July 19, 2012, Luck officially signed a four-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts worth $22 million. He would become the Colts' fourth starting quarterback in the past two NFL seasons, following Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky.
In his regular season debut, Luck threw his first career interception to Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings. He later threw his first career touchdown pass to Donnie Avery. Ultimately, Luck completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions, as the Colts lost 41-21. The next week against the Minnesota Vikings, Luck threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions on the way to his first career win. In the process, he completed his first game winning drive as a professional. Before a week 5 showdown with the Green Bay Packers and reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and had to take a leave of absence. Rallying the team for their coach, Luck completed his second career game winning drive by throwing a touchdown to Reggie Wayne with 35 seconds left to pull off the stunning upset of the Packers. Luck's then career-best 362-yard passing effort set a new rookie QB mark for the Colts. The 18-point comeback also was the best by a rookie quarterback since Matthew Stafford, the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, led a 21-point rally for the Lions vs. the Browns in 2009. Luck completed 31 of 55 for 362 yards and three total touchdowns, 2 passing, 1 rushing.
On January 4, 2014, Andrew Luck capped off his second season with his first career home playoff game against the fifth-seeded Kansas City Chiefs. After the Colts fell back by 28 points, he led a historic comeback, capping the game with a 64-yard TD pass to T. Y. Hilton to take the lead for the first time, 45-44. The Colts defense would then deny Alex Smith a chance to get Kansas City within field goal range to end the game. Luck completed 29 passes for 433 yards and 4 touchdowns. In addition, he recovered a fumble for a key touchdown. This was the second-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history and the largest comeback to end in regulation. The following week, the Colts lost to the New England Patriots 43-22 in the divisional round of the playoffs.
In the 2014 season, Luck successfully led the Colts to the division title and to the playoffs for the third straight year. He also earned his third straight Pro Bowl berth. In Week 17, he broke Peyton Manning's franchise record for passing yards in a single-season. In addition, he became the 8th quarterback in NFL history to throw for 40 or more touchdowns in a single season. In the Colts' Wild Card match against the Cincinnati Bengals, Luck completed 31 of 44 passes for 376 yards and 1 touchdown, leading the team to a 26-10 victory. He then went on to complete 27 of 43 passes and throw for 265 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in a 24-13 Indianapolis victory over the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional round. In the AFC Championship, Luck and the Colts fell to the New England Patriots, 45-7.
On April 9, 2015, the Colts announced they had picked up the fifth-year option on Luck's contract. And, I think we can safely assume he'll be the Colts quarterback for years to come.
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