Andrew Luck

Andrew Austen Luck (born September 12, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford, where he won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award as college football's player of the year and was twice recognized as an All-American.[1] He was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011. He was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12 Conference in both 2010 and 2011. CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang called Luck the best prospect he had ever scouted,[2] while the Kansas City Star put him in line with LeBron James and Bryce Harper as "the most hyped amateurs in recent sports memory."[3]

Although widely projected as the first overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Luck decided to return to Stanford for his redshirt junior season.[4] A year later, he was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. In his first three professional seasons, Luck led the Colts to three playoff appearances including two AFC South division titles in 2013 and 2014, also earning 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.[5] During the 2016 season, Luck suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder but continued to play. That offseason he got surgery on the shoulder, forcing him to miss the entire 2017 season. The next year he returned to playing, finishing second in the league in touchdown passes and setting career-highs in several categories, as well as leading the Colts to 10 wins and their first playoff appearance since 2014. For his play he was voted to the fourth Pro Bowl of his career and was named the Comeback Player of the Year. Primarily known for his passing, Luck has also established himself as a mobile threat.[6]

Andrew Luck
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Luck in 2018
No. 12 – Indianapolis Colts
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:September 12, 1989 (age 29)
Washington, D.C.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Stratford (Houston, Texas)
College:Stanford
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
TDINT:171–83
Completion percentage:60.8
Passing yards:23,671
Passer rating:89.5
Rushing yards:1,590
Rushing touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Luck was born in Washington, D.C.[7][8] to Oliver Luck, current commissioner of the XFL (2020) and former executive vice president for regulatory affairs at the NCAA and a former quarterback (as well as athletic director) at West Virginia University and a former NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers, and Kathy (née Wilson) Luck.[9]

Oliver Luck was general manager of two World League of American Football teams prior to becoming president of the league, so Andrew spent his early childhood in London and Frankfurt, Germany, where he attended Frankfurt International School.[10] He is the oldest of four children, including sisters Mary Ellen and Emily, and his brother Addison. Mary Ellen is a Stanford graduate who played volleyball there, Emily is a current Stanford student, and Addison lived in Morgantown, West Virginia before their father's job took him to the Indianapolis area. In London, he attended The American School in London.[11] As a result of his childhood in London, he is a fan of soccer. Although supporters of London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham have reached out to him believing he was a fellow fan, Luck said, "I try to support as many of the American fellows playing [in the Premier League] as possible." Luck said the Houston Dynamo was the "number one team in my heart," because his father was the club's founding president and general manager.[12]

The Luck family returned to Texas when Oliver Luck was named CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. In Houston, Andrew attended Stratford High School, where he threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career, and rushed for another 2,085 yards.[13] Luck was also co-valedictorian of his graduating class in 2008.[13] Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Luck was listed as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2008.[14] He played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A highly rated high school recruiting target,[13] he chose Stanford over offers from Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Rice, and Virginia, after being recruited by Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.[15]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Andrew Luck
QB
Houston, Texas Stratford HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.7 Jun 30, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 4 (QB)   Rivals: 5 (QB)  ESPN: 7 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Stanford Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  • "2008 Stanford Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

College career

After accepting an athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University, Luck played for coach Jim Harbaugh and coach David Shaw's Stanford Cardinal football team from 2008 to 2011.

2009 season

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Andrew Luck at the Big Game against Cal in 2009.

After redshirting during his freshman year in 2008, he earned the starting quarterback job in 2009 over the returning starter, Tavita Pritchard, thereby becoming the first Stanford freshman to earn the starting quarterback job since Chad Hutchinson in 1996.[10] In his first season, Luck led the Cardinal to victories over top-10 Oregon and USC teams and a berth in the 2009 Sun Bowl.[16] Playing in a run-oriented offense featuring Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart, Luck threw for 2,575 yards.[17] Luck had 2,929 yards of total offense, the fifth highest total in Stanford history. He led the Pac-10 in pass efficiency rating with a rating of 143.5, and finished second in the Pac-10 in total offense.[18]

Luck injured a finger on his throwing hand in the Cardinal's final regular season game against Notre Dame. He had surgery prior to the Sun Bowl and did not play in the game.[19]

2010 season

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Luck after the Big Game between Stanford and Cal in 2010

In 2010, Luck emerged as one of the top players in the nation. Luck was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and was unanimously selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Luck led Stanford to a 12–1 record, a #4 ranking in the final AP Poll, and a victory in the Orange Bowl. Luck was named the Orange Bowl MVP after throwing four touchdown passes in Stanford's 40–12 win over Virginia Tech.[20] Luck led the Pac-10 in pass efficiency for the second straight year with a quarterback rating of 170.2. He also led the conference in total offense with 3,791 yards, in passing yards with 3,338 yards, and in touchdown passes with 32. Luck rushed for 453 yards, a record for Stanford quarterbacks, with three runs of over 50 yards.[21] Luck's 32 touchdown passes are a new Stanford record, breaking the old record of 27 held by John Elway and Steve Stenstrom. Luck's 3,791 yards of total offense also are a school record, breaking the old record of 3,398 yards held by Stenstrom. Luck also set new Stanford single season records for completion percentage (70.7%) and pass efficiency rating (170.2). He won the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week award for his performances against Arizona and California.[22][23]

Luck finished the 2010 season with two years of college eligibility remaining. He was eligible to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft, but announced on January 6, 2011 that he would remain at Stanford to complete his degree.[4][24] He was viewed by many TV sportscasters and ESPN writers as the top pro quarterback prospect in college football. In December 2010, Sporting News projected Luck as the No. 1 selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, had he entered.[25]

2011 season

In 2011, Luck led Stanford to a record of 11–2, a berth in a BCS bowl, the 2012 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State, and a # 7 ranking in the final AP Poll. He won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy for the second consecutive year, becoming the fourth player to finish second in the Heisman voting twice.[26] He was named a First Team All America (AFCA, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, Pro Football Weekly). He was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, becoming only the fifth player to win that award twice (after John Elway, Charles White, Reggie Bush, and Rueben Mayes). He was named First Team All-Pac-12 for the second straight year. Luck set a new Stanford record for career touchdown passes with 82, breaking John Elway's record of 77. Luck also set a new school record for touchdown passes in a season with 37, breaking his own record of 32. Luck set another school record for career total offense with 10,387 yards, breaking Steve Stenstrom's mark of 9,825 yards. Luck became Stanford's all-time leader in wins by a starting quarterback, with 31 wins through the end of the regular season. Luck also became Stanford's all-time leader in winning percentage by a starting quarterback, with a winning percentage of .816 (31–7). Luck broke the Pac-12 records for career passing efficiency rating (162.8) and career completion percentage (67.0%). He also broke his own Pac-12 record for highest completion percentage in a season (71.3%). Luck was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Washington State. He earned the 2011 Academic All-America of the Year award.[27]

Statistics

Season Passing Rushing Receiving Total Offense
Comp Att Yds Pct TD Int Rating Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Yards
2009 162 288 2,575 56.3% 13 4 143.5 61 354 5.8 31 2 1 11 11.0 2,929
2010 263 372 3,338 70.7% 32 8 170.2 55 453 8.2 58 3 0 0 0 3,791
2011 288 404 3,517 71.3% 37 10 169.7 47 150 3.2 17 2 1 13 13.0 3,667
Total 713 1,064 9,430 67.0% 82 22 162.8 163 957 5.9 58 7 2 24 12.0 10,387

Reference: Andrew Luck profile at Sports-Reference.com

Awards and honors

2011 season

Legacy

For Stanford fans, though, Luck's individual honors were secondary to his transformative impact on the program:

  • Stanford had never won more than 10 games in a season (three times, twice before WWII) when Luck's 2010 team won 12.
  • Its best 2-year win total had been 18 wins (four times, last in 1991–92); Luck's teams won 23 in 2010–2011.[28]
  • When Luck arrived, Stanford had enjoyed a grand total of three weeks in the AP top ten since 1971. It spent 24 weeks in the top ten in 2010 and 2011.[29]
  • Stanford earned its first-ever BCS bowl berth in 2010, and a second in 2011.

In 2012, an appreciative but anonymous donor endowed a permanent chair for Stanford's offensive coordinator position, to be known as the “Andrew Luck Director of Offense.”[30]

Professional career

In September 2010, prior to Luck's sophomore season, Sports Illustrated′s Tony Pauline considered him to be "the most NFL-ready of all the draft-eligible quarterback prospects."[31] After a stellar sophomore year, Luck was widely projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but decided to return for his junior season.[4] Right after the 2011 Draft, in May 2011, he was unanimously projected as the top prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft.[32][33][34] By midseason, Pauline described him as "the best quarterback since Peyton Manning" in 1998,[35] while ESPN′s Mel Kiper Jr. went even further, calling Luck the best quarterback prospect since John Elway in 1983.[36] Despite Robert Griffin III′s impressive Heisman Trophy winning season, Luck's status as the No. 1 overall draft prospect was never questioned.[37][38]

Throughout the 2011 NFL season, some fans called for their teams to try to lose their remaining games (or "Suck for Luck"), in order to improve their chances for the first pick in the draft.[39] By midseason, the Miami Dolphins were believed to be the "frontrunners" for the No. 1 pick, and drew criticism from their former franchise quarterback Dan Marino.[40] The Indianapolis Colts, who were without starting quarterback Peyton Manning, won the "Luck sweepstakes" with a 2–14 record.[41]

Ending speculations on April 24, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson announced the team would take Luck with their first overall draft pick.[42] The decision became official on draft day, April 26, 2012. Luck was the fourth Stanford quarterback to be selected first overall, after Bobby Garrett in 1954, Jim Plunkett in 1971, and Elway in 1983. Luck was the second Stanford quarterback to be taken first overall by the Colts (Elway in 1983).[43]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
32 58 in
(0.83 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.67 s 1.62 s 2.63 s 4.28 s 6.80 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
37[44]
All values from NFL combine[44][45]

2012 season

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Luck vs. the Ravens during a Wild Card playoff game on January 6, 2013.

On July 19, 2012, Luck officially signed a four-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts worth $22 million.[46] This deal made Luck the fourth starting quarterback for the Colts in the past two NFL seasons,[47] following Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter, and Dan Orlovsky.[48] In his debut, a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, Luck's first pass was a 63-yard touchdown pass to running back Donald Brown. He also threw a touchdown pass to receiver Austin Collie. In his second preseason game, a 26–24 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Luck played during the first half and ran for one touchdown, with two interceptions.[49]

In his regular season debut, Luck threw his first career interception to Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings.[50] He would later throw his first career touchdown pass to Donnie Avery.[51] Ultimately, Luck completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions, as the Colts lost 41–21.[52] The next week against the Minnesota Vikings, Luck threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Additionally, Luck got his first career win in the NFL and did this by completing his first game-winning drive of his professional career.[53] 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 (a movement that become known as "CHUCKSTRONG") 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. Luck's then career-best 362-yard passing effort set a new rookie quarterback mark in Colts franchise history. 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 against the Browns in 2009. Luck completed 31 of 55 for 362 yards and three total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing).[54] Luck won his first career road and overtime game during a week 8 game against the division rival Tennessee Titans. A touchdown pass to running back Vick Ballard on the first drive of overtime gave the Colts a 19–13 victory. In a Week 9 win against the Miami Dolphins, Luck threw for 433 yards, a new record for most yards in a game by a rookie quarterback (surpassing Cam Newton's 432 against the Green Bay Packers in 2011). Luck later sent his jersey from the Dolphins game to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[55] Through Week 9, Luck had thrown for the same number of yards as his predecessor, Peyton Manning.[56] In Week 13 against the Detroit Lions, Luck and the Colts were trailing 33–21 with 2:39 left. After throwing a touchdown to fellow rookie LaVon Brazill, Luck and the Colts were able to get the ball back and get to the Lions' 14-yard line, facing a 4th down with :04 left. Luck then threw a screen pass to Donnie Avery, who got free and ran in for the winning score, marking a big moment in Luck's early career.[57] The win gave Luck his eighth on the season – the most wins by a rookie quarterback drafted first overall in NFL history, as well as his fifth game-winning drive on the season, tying Vince Young and Ben Roethlisberger for the most by a rookie quarterback.[58]

Starting every game, Luck led the Colts to 11 wins—a record for rookie quarterbacks drafted first overall, where the previous record was 8—and reached the playoffs with a team that had gone 2–14 the year before. Playing against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 23, 2012, Luck broke the record for most passing yards in a season by a rookie, throwing 205 to bring his season total to 4,183. Cam Newton held the previous record with 4,051 yards.[59]

2013 season

Andrew Luck signing autographs at 2014 Pro Bowl
Luck signing autographs for fans at the 2013 Pro Bowl

In 2013, Luck was reunited with offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who was his offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Stanford. In week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, Luck capped off another comeback win by scoring a 20-yard rushing touchdown in a 21–17 win.[60] After a Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Luck defeated his former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh in a 27–7 win against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3.[61] After falling behind early to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4, Luck and the Colts scored 37 unanswered points to win 37–3.[62] The win gave Luck a 14–6 record through his first 20 games, tying him with John Elway for the best record through 20 games for a quarterback selected first overall.[63]

On October 6, he led the Colts to a 34–28 win over the then-undefeated Seattle Seahawks in his first game against fellow sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson. Luck also recorded his ninth career fourth quarter comeback in the win, handing Seattle their first regular-season loss since November 25, 2012.[64] The Colts traveled to San Diego to face the Chargers for a Week 6 Monday Night Football match, the first of Luck's career. Indianapolis was dominated in time of possession and lost 19–9.[65] In week 7, Peyton Manning made his return to Lucas Oil Stadium to play Luck on NBC Sunday Night Football. The Colts lead at halftime 26–14, and survived a near comeback by the previously undefeated Denver Broncos to win 39–33, going into a bye week. The win also snapped Denver's 17-game regular season winning streak.[66] Luck won his second AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Broncos, going 21–38 for 228 yards with 3 touchdown passes, 1 rushing touchdown, and no interceptions.[67] After a week 8 bye, Luck engineered his tenth career fourth quarter comeback, scoring 15 points in the quarter to defeat the Houston Texans 27–24. He threw three touchdown passes, all to fellow sophomore Colt T. Y. Hilton, and finished with 271 yards passing with no interceptions. In week 14 of the season, the Colts won their first division championship under Luck and were the first team to clinch their division that season.[68] The next week, Luck threw for 2 touchdowns in a 25–3 victory over the Houston Texans in their second divisional matchup.[69]

In a Week 16 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, Luck threw for 241 yards and 1 touchdown to lead the Colts to a 23–7 victory. In doing so, he passed Peyton Manning for second place for quarterback passing yards through 2 seasons with 7,914 (Manning had 7,874 in his first 2 seasons).[70] In week 17, Luck broke Cam Newton's record for yards passing in the first two seasons of a career, with 8,196 yards (Newton had 7,920 yards) in a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[71]

Luck played his first career home playoff game on January 4, 2014, against the fifth-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round. After the Colts fell back by 28 points, he led a historic comeback, capping the game with a 64-yard touchdown 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 to recovering a fumble for a key touchdown, to record the second-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history[72] and the largest comeback to end in regulation. This game was ranked #1 on NFL.com's Top Games of 2013.[73] The Colts lost to the New England Patriots 43–22 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs the following week. Luck threw for 331 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.[74]

Luck was named to his second Pro Bowl on January 19, 2014, replacing Russell Wilson due to Wilson's participation in Super Bowl XLVIII. He went on to be taken first overall by Deion Sanders.[75][76]

2014 season

Opening the season with his second game against his predecessor, Peyton Manning, Luck passed for 370 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. After rallying from a 24–0 deficit following halftime, the Colts fell short of the comeback and lost to the Denver Broncos 31–24.[77] In a Week 2 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, Luck threw for 3 touchdowns, passing Jim Harbaugh for fourth on the Colts' all-time list.[78] Looking to avoid losing three consecutive games for the first time in his career, Luck completed 31 of 39 passes for 370 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars to win 44–17 in Week 3. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, the third time he has won the award.[79]

In a Week 4 win against the Tennessee Titans, Luck became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 370 yards or more, 4 touchdowns, and have a completion percentage 70 percent or above in consecutive games.[80] He would continue his winning ways in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, throwing 312 yards with a touchdown pass, as well as 1 rushing touchdown, to win 20–13.[81] Luck would record his fourth-consecutive 300 yard game on Thursday Night Football against the Houston Texans. Indianapolis jumped out to a 24–0 lead after 1 quarter, and would hold on to beat the Texans 33–28.[82] Through Week 6, Luck had thrown for 1,987 yards and 17 touchdowns, leading the league in both, and establishing career-highs through 6 games.[83]

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Luck vs. the Bengals in 2014

Luck continued his excellent play in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals, passing for over 300 yards for the 5th consecutive game, tying the Colts record set by Peyton Manning. He would finish the day with 344 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, as Indianapolis defeated the Bengals, 27–0.[84] The shutout victory was the first for Indianapolis since a 23–0 win over the Tennessee Titans in December 2008.[85] Luck broke his single-season touchdown mark in the Colts Week 9 game against the New York Giants, throwing four to bring his total to 26. He also became the first quarterback in 2014 to reach 3,000 passing yards.[86] In Week 13, Luck threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes in a 49–27 win over the Washington Redskins.[87] In addition, he also became the first quarterback to reach 4,000 passing yards in 2014. On December 4, Luck was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. In the month, Luck passed for 1,280 yards, 12 touchdowns, and had a quarterback rating of 112.0.[88] Entering a Week 14 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, Luck needed only 81 yards to surpass Peyton Manning for the most passing yards by a quarterback in their first 3 seasons.[89] Luck passed for 294 yards to take the record, and engineered a fourth-quarter comeback by throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to T. Y. Hilton to win the game 25–24.[90]

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Luck vs. the Browns in 2014

After a Week 15 win against the Texans, Luck successfully led the Colts to the playoffs for the third straight year.[91] Along with the division title, Luck also earned his third straight Pro Bowl berth.[92] In Week 17, Luck 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.[93] In the Colts' Wild Card Round game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Luck completed 31 of 44 passes for 376 yards and 1 touchdown, leading the team to a 26–10 victory.[94] 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.[95] In the AFC Championship, Luck and the Colts fell to the New England Patriots, 45–7.[96] Luck was also the league's leader in passing touchdowns for the first time in his career.

In the Pro Bowl, Luck was Team Carter's starting quarterback. In the game, he completed 9 out of 10 passes, with 119 yards, and 2 touchdowns.[97]

2015 season

On April 9, the Colts announced they had picked up the fifth-year option on Luck's contract, which will pay him a guaranteed $16.55 million in 2016. In Weeks 4 and 5, Luck missed the first two games of his career with an injured shoulder. Backup Matt Hasselbeck played in his place and led the team to a 16–13 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, followed by a 27–20 Thursday Night Football victory over the Houston Texans.[98] Luck returned to the lineup on October 18 in a 34–27 loss to the New England Patriots.[99] On November 2, Luck led the Colts back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Carolina Panthers, but his third interception of the game helped lead to the Panthers' 29–26 win.[100] On November 10, it was announced that Luck would miss 2–6 weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, suffered during the fourth quarter of the Colts 27–24 win over the previously undefeated Denver Broncos two days prior.[101] However, the recovery process took much longer than expected and Luck did not return for the rest of the season. The Colts failed to make the playoffs for the first time with Luck, ending the season 8–8.[102] He was ranked 92nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[103]

2016 season

On June 29, the Colts announced Luck had signed a six-year extension worth $140 million, with $87 million guaranteed, making him the highest paid player in the league.[104][105] In a 41–10 win over the New York Jets in Week 13, Luck passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns, which earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.[106][107] In the 2016 season, Luck threw for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns, and a career-high 63.5 completion percentage, despite missing one game due to a concussion.[108] He was also ranked 51st by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[109] Shortly following the 2016 season, Luck underwent surgery to repair an issue with his right (throwing) shoulder that had been lingering since 2015.[110]

2017 season

Following surgery on his shoulder during the off-season, Luck was held out of training camp and the preseason, and it was announced he was to miss regular season games.[111] Scott Tolzien started for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, and the newly acquired Jacoby Brissett took over as the starter in Week 2. Following the Colts' Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Colts' general manager Chris Ballard stated that Luck would begin practicing but was not ready to fully return to games.[112] On November 2, the Colts placed Luck on injured reserve, meaning that he was ruled out for the 2017 season.[113][114] On November 11, it was revealed that Luck was traveling to Europe to seek additional treatment for his previously injured shoulder.[115] After returning to the U.S., Luck was put through a throwing program. This led him to travel to Los Angeles to go through rehab with a throwing coach. Ballard stated on February 7, 2018, that Luck would not need an additional surgery.[116]

2018 season

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Andrew Luck handing the ball off to Marlon Mack in a game against the Washington Redskins in 2018.

Luck started Week 1 on September 9, 2018 against the Cincinnati Bengals, his first game in 616 days. He had 319 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and set a career-high in completions with 39, but the Colts lost 34–23.[117] In Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, with the Colts down 20–16 with seconds left in the game, Luck, who had thrown for just 164 yards in the game, was replaced by backup Jacoby Brissett to attempt a Hail Mary pass from his own 46-yard line. Brissett overthrew several players in the back of the end zone and the Colts lost the game. The move was questioned by some journalists and fans, and led to some speculation about the health of Luck's shoulder, although head coach Frank Reich and Luck both said it was purely because Brissett had a stronger throwing arm.[118] The following week against the Houston Texans, Luck threw for four touchdowns and career-highs in completions (40), attempts (62) and yards (464). He led the Colts back from down 28–10 in the third quarter, including a game-tying two point conversion with :51 left. However the team lost in overtime, 37–34, after Indianapolis failed to convert a 4th and 4 on their own 43 and the Texans kicked the game-winning field goal.[119] In Week 5, on Thursday Night Football against the New England Patriots, he was 38-of-59 for 365 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions as the Colts fell 38–24.[120] Luck's 121 passing attempts in Weeks 4–5 were the most over a two-game span in NFL history.[121] In Week 6, against the New York Jets, he had 301 passing yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions in the 42–34 loss.[122]

After the 1–5 start to the season, Luck and the Colts went on a five-game winning streak.[123] In Week 7, he passed for 156 yards and four touchdowns in a 37–5 victory over the Buffalo Bills.[124] In the next two games, victories over the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, he passed for three touchdowns in both games.[125][126] In Week 11, Luck completed 23 of 29 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns, posting a 143.8 passer rating, in a 38–10 win over the Titans, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[127] In a Week 12 27–24 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Luck had his eight consecutive game with at least three passing touchdowns.[128] In Week 16, Luck led a double-digit comeback against the New York Giants, the 21st fourth quarter comeback of his career, throwing a go-ahead score to Chester Rogers with 55 seconds left, and winning 28–27. The win put the Colts in position for a chance to earn a Wild Card playoff berth the following week in their matchup with the Titans.[129] Luck also set a new in single-season completions in the game, passing his previous mark of 380 in 2014.[130] The Colts defeated the Titans, earning a Wild Card berth and end the season winning nine of ten games.[131] Luck finished his first season back from injury with 4,593 passing yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.[132] Luck and the Colts upset the AFC South division champion Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round by a score of 21–7. In the victory, Luck passed for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.[133] In the Divisional Round, the Colts faced off against the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs. Luck passed for 203 yards and one touchdown, but the Colts fell to the Chiefs by a score of 31–13.[134]

At the completion of the season, Luck was named to the fourth Pro Bowl of his career, as well as being given the National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award by the Pro Football Writers Association.[135]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Source: NFL

Season Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2012 IND 16 16 11–5 339 627 54.1 4,374 7.0 23 18 41 246 76.5 62 255 4.1 5 10 5
2013 IND 16 16 11–5 343 570 60.2 3,822 6.7 23 9 32 227 87.0 63 377 6.0 4 6 2
2014 IND 16 16 11–5 380 616 61.7 4,761 7.7 40 16 27 161 96.5 64 273 4.3 3 13 6
2015 IND 7 7 2–5 162 293 55.3 1,881 6.4 15 12 15 88 74.9 33 196 5.9 0 3 1
2016 IND 15 15 8–7 346 545 63.5 4,240 7.8 31 13 41 268 96.4 64 341 5.3 2 6 5
2017 IND Did not play – Injured
2018 IND 16 16 10–6 430 639 67.3 4,593 7.2 39 15 18 134 98.7 46 148 3.2 0 6 1
Career 86 86 53–33 2,000 3,290 60.8 23,671 7.2 171 83 174 1,124 89.5 332 1,590 4.8 14 44 20

Playoffs

Season Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS W–L Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2012 IND 1 1 0–1 28 54 51.9 288 5.3 0 1 3 21 59.8 4 35 8.8 0 1 1
2013 IND 2 2 1–1 49 86 57.0 774 9.0 6 7 4 21 76.4 8 50 6.2 1
2014 IND 3 3 2–1 70 120 58.3 767 6.4 3 4 1 8 71.8 8 57 6.5 0
2018 IND 2 2 1–1 38 68 55.9 425 6.3 3 1 3 27 83.3 10 46 4.6 0 1 1
Career 8 8 4–4 185 328 56.4 2,254 6.9 12 13 11 77 73.4 30 188 6.3 0 2 2

Awards and highlights

NFL records and achievements

Andrew Luck
Luck in 2014.
  • Most passing yards in a single game by a rookie quarterback: 433 (vs Miami Dolphins) (11/4/12)[136]
  • Most passing yards by a rookie in a single season (4,374)[59]
  • Most game-winning drives by a rookie quarterback (7)[137]
  • Most fourth quarter comebacks by a rookie quarterback (7)[138]
  • Tied for most fourth quarter comebacks by a quarterback (7)[139]
  • Most passing yards for a quarterback through his first 2 seasons (8,196)[140]
  • Most passing yards for a quarterback through his first 3 seasons (12,688)[90]
  • Most passing yards for a quarterback through his first 5 postseason games (1,703)[141]
  • Most consecutive 350-yard passing games on the road (5)[86]
  • Fifth highest passing yards total in a playoff game (443) (Wild-Card game against the Kansas City Chiefs on January 4, 2014).[74]
  • First quarterback to throw for 350+ yards in five consecutive road games[142]
  • First quarterback to throw for 370 yards or more, 4 touchdowns, and have a completion percentage 70 percent or above in consecutive games[80]
  • Third player to throw for 3,000 yards in the first nine games, alongside Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (twice)[143]

Colts franchise records

  • Most passing yards in a single season (4,761, 2014)[144]
  • Most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in a single season (4,374)[145]
  • Most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in a single game (433)[145]
  • Most pass attempts by a rookie quarterback in a single season (627)[145]
  • Most pass completions by a rookie quarterback in a single season (339)[145]
  • Most pass completions by a rookie quarterback in a single game (31)[145]
  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback in a single game (4)[145]
  • Highest passer rating by a rookie quarterback with a minimum of 100 attempts (76.5)[145]
  • Highest interception percentage by a rookie quarterback with a minimum of 100 attempts (2.87)[145]

Endorsements

In March 2012, Nike, Inc. signed Luck to its roster of athletes.[146]

In September 2013, Luck became a partner and investor in BodyArmor SuperDrink.[147]

Personal life

On June 17, 2012, Luck graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in architectural design and received the Al Masters Award, an honor given to an athlete each year, "for the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement."[148] He has stated that his favorite musician is Bruce Springsteen.[149] An avid reader, Luck has become known as "the Colts' very own librarian", giving and suggesting books for his teammates; in 2012, he said his favorite book was Henri Charrière's Papillon, and he is a fan of Bernard Cornwell's historical fiction.[150] On the field, Luck perplexes his opponents with comments that may or may not be trash talk: when he is knocked down, he is in the habit of congratulating his opponent on the hit. After a hit by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan that caused a fumble and sent Luck scrambling for the ball, he was not able to congratulate Kerrigan right away and had to wait until later in the game "to tell Kerrigan how great he was doing". Kerrigan's reaction was later captured, "You want to say thank you but then you say 'wait a second—I'm not supposed to like you!'"[151]

In media

In 2013 Luck appeared on the comedy series Parks and Recreation as himself alongside teammates Reggie Wayne, Anthony Castonzo, Robert Mathis, and Adam Vinatieri during the show's fifth season.[152]

Beginning in December 2015 Luck has been the subject of a parody Twitter account under the name Capt. Andrew Luck. The tweets report on Luck's career using the language of a Civil War soldier writing home.[153]

See also

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2009 Stanford Cardinal football team

The 2009 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University during the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinal was led by third-year head coach Jim Harbaugh and played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.

2010 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 2010 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-10 Conference teams for the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference football season. The Oregon Ducks won the conference, posting a 9–0 conference record. Oregon then lost to SEC champion Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship game 22 to 19. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was voted Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea was voted Pat Tillman Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

2010 Stanford Cardinal football team

The 2010 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinal were led by head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was in his 4th and final season before leaving to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. They played their home games at Stanford Stadium and were members of the Pacific-10 Conference.

Stanford ended the regular season 11–1, with their sole loss to conference champion Oregon. They defeated Virginia Tech 40–12 in the Orange Bowl for the first BCS bowl victory in program history.

2011 All-Pac-12 Conference football team

The 2011 All-Pac-12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pac-12 Conference teams for the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football season. The Oregon Ducks won the conference, defeating the UCLA Bruins 49–31 in the Pac-12 Championship game. Oregon then beat the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl 45 to 38. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks was voted Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

2011 Orange Bowl

The 2011 Discover Orange Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Stanford Cardinal on Monday, January 3, 2011, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Stanford defeated Virginia Tech 40–12. The game was part of the 2010–2011 Bowl Championship Series of the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season and was the concluding game of the season for both teams. The game, the 77th edition of the Orange Bowl, was televised in the United States on ESPN and the broadcast was seen by an estimated 8.23 million viewers.

Virginia Tech was selected to participate in the Orange Bowl after an 11–2 regular season that culminated with a 44–33 win in the 2010 ACC Championship Game. Stanford was picked as the other half of the matchup following an 11–1 campaign that included the school's best-ever regular-season record. That performance earned the Cardinal a No. 4 ranking in the BCS Poll and the automatic bid to a BCS game that accompanies a top-4 ranking of a second school in a conference other than the champion. In the weeks before that game, media attention focused on both teams' turnarounds from historical difficulties and the performance of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The game also was the first Orange Bowl not sponsored by FedEx in 21 years, ending the longest-running title sponsorship deal among the major bowls.

The game kicked off at 8:39 pm in warm weather, and Stanford scored first, a touchdown, with its third offensive possession. Virginia Tech briefly took the lead with a safety followed by a touchdown of its own, but Stanford restored a 13–12 advantage before halftime. In the second half, Stanford pulled away from Virginia Tech as it scored 13 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth while holding the Hokies scoreless.

In recognition of his performance during the game, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was named the game's most valuable player. He set a Stanford bowl-game record for touchdowns, and threw three of those scores to tight end Coby Fleener, who set a Stanford and Orange Bowl record with 173 receiving yards. Both teams made coaching changes after the game, as Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh left the team to coach the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers and Virginia Tech replaced several assistant coaches. Players from each team were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

2011 Stanford Cardinal football team

The 2011 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS college football season. The Cardinal were led by former offensive coordinator and new head coach David Shaw, as Jim Harbaugh departed following the 2010 season in order to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. They played their home games at Stanford Stadium and are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season with 11–2 in overall record, 8–1 in Pac-12 play to finish in a tie with Oregon for first place in the North Division. Due to their head-to-head loss to Oregon, they did not represent the division in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game. They were invited the Fiesta Bowl, their second consecutive BCS game, where they were defeated by Oklahoma State 38–41 in overtime.

2012 Fiesta Bowl

The 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, champions of the Big 12 Conference, played the Stanford Cardinal, an at-large selection from the Pac-12 conference . Oklahoma State won the game, 41–38, in overtime.

Originally this game was scheduled for January 5 pending resolution of the 2011 NFL lockout and a possible Monday Night Football game on January 2. However, with the resolution of the lockout, the game was moved to the spot following the 2012 Rose Bowl. The game aired on ESPN.

2012 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2012 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 60th season in the National Football League and the 29th in Indianapolis. The Colts earned the first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft due to a dismal 2–14 record in 2011 and used their first pick on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The season marked the first for both head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson with the franchise.It was also the Colts' first season since 1997 without Peyton Manning on the roster as he was released by the Colts in March 2012 and signed with the Denver Broncos during that offseason. He also missed the entire 2011 season due to undergoing neck surgeries.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as interim head coach while Pagano underwent treatment for leukemia from week 5–16; he returned, with his cancer in remission, during the final week of the regular season. The team went 9–3 under Arians. The Colts earned a playoff berth, but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round. This season marked the official beginning of the Andrew Luck era.

2013 Pro Bowl

The 2013 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's sixty-third annual all-star game which featured players from the 2012 season. It took place at 2:30 pm Hawaii–Aleutian Time (UTC−10:00; 7:30 pm Eastern Time) on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game was televised nationally by NBC in place of CBS. The game was delayed for 30 minutes due to flash flood warnings.John Fox of the AFC West Denver Broncos led the AFC "home team" against a "visiting" NFC team that was coached by the Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy of the NFC North. These coaches were selected for coaching the highest seeded team to lose in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2009 Pro Bowl. Ed Hochuli was the game referee.Players on the winning team (NFC) each earned $50,000, while players on the losing team (AFC) earned $25,000.The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers had the most Pro Bowl selections with nine. The Kansas City Chiefs, despite only winning two games, had six selections. Six teams, the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and San Diego Chargers, had no selections. Three rookie quarterbacks (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson) were selected, which is the most in Pro Bowl history.

2014 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2014 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 62nd season in the National Football League and the 31st in Indianapolis. It also marked the third season under head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson, and quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Colts entered the 2014 season as the defending AFC South champions, after compiling an 11–5 record during the previous season and falling to the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. They clinched their second straight division title with a 17–10 win over the Houston Texans in Week 15. They also went 6–0 in their division for the second straight year. In the postseason, the Colts would defeat both the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The 2014 Colts failed to join the 2010 New York Jets and 2012 Baltimore Ravens as the only teams to beat both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the playoffs.

As of 2018, this is the only time in the post-Peyton Manning era in which the Colts made the AFC Championship Game.

Behind former first overall draft pick Andrew Luck, the Colts became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger to pass for 300 or more yards in eight consecutive games.

2015 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2015 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League and the 32nd in Indianapolis. It was also the fourth season under the trio of head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson and quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts entered the 2015 season as the defending AFC South champions after compiling an 11–5 record before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

After a week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Colts fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and elevated associate head coach Rob Chudzinski to replace him. The Colts failed to improve from their 3 consecutive 11–5 records and finished the season at 8–8 and lost the division to the Houston Texans and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and only the 4th time since 1998. Also this was their first time to lose to the Houston Texans at home since the Texans broke into the NFL in 2002.

Colts–Patriots rivalry

The Colts–Patriots rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. It is considered one of the most famous rivalries in the NFL. The two teams have combined for seven Super Bowl victories (six by the Patriots) and ten AFC Championships (eight by the Patriots) since 2001, while both are noted for their organizational excellence.The nature of this rivalry is somewhat ironic because while the Colts and Patriots were AFC East division rivals from 1970–2001 (dating prior to the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis), their intensified enmity wasn't prevalent until Indianapolis was moved into the newly formed AFC South following the 2001 season as part of the NFL's realignment. Following New England's 43–22 win in the 2013–14 playoffs the Patriots lead the series with nine wins (three in the playoffs) versus five wins (one playoff) for the Colts, and the Patriots hold a lead in points scored, 411–351.

The modern matchup spanning the period of 2001–2011 was usually headlined as a contest between quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who together won six NFL MVP awards in eight years (2003–10; four by Manning). In September 2001 Brady received his first start against the Colts after an injury to then-starter Drew Bledsoe, and proceeded to defeat the Colts in his first six games against them in the next years, including the 2003 AFC Championship Game and a 2004 AFC Divisional playoff game. The 2004 Divisional game was notable as the Patriots held a record breaking Colts offense to 3 points on snowy cold night in Foxborough. The Colts won the next three matches, notching two regular season victories and a win in the 2006 AFC Championship Game on the way to their win in Super Bowl XLI. Since then, the Patriots have won the six out of the next eight games from 2007–14. The quarterback angle of the rivalry changed in 2012 following Manning's release from the team, and with the surge to success of Colts rookie Andrew Luck. The rivalry gained momentum again in February 2018, when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who had agreed to become the head coach of the Colts, went back on his word and decided to stay on as a coordinator in New England.

History of the Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They play in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The organization began play in 1953 as the Baltimore Colts with the team located in Baltimore, Maryland; it relocated to Indianapolis following the 1983 season.

Carroll Rosenbloom brought an NFL franchise to Baltimore in 1953 and owned the team until 1972 when he traded the franchise to Robert Irsay. The Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship in 1958, 1959 and 1968, with the Colts losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The Colts won their first Super Bowl title in 1970 over the Dallas Cowboys. During this time the organization was led by star quarterback Johnny Unitas until 1973 when he was traded to the San Diego Chargers. Following disappointing seasons and poor fan attendance, the franchise moved to Indianapolis in 1984. While in Baltimore the team achieved ten postseason appearances and won four championships.

The Colts organization struggled in the early days in Indianapolis, compiling an 88–135 record from 1984 to 1997. During that time the Colts were led by seven different head coaches and seventeen different starting quarterbacks. The organization made three postseason appearances during the time, with the most success coming in 1995 and 1996 under quarterback Jim Harbaugh. The 1995 team made it to the AFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Robert Irsay remained the principal owner of the Colts until his death in 1997 when the franchise was turned over to his son Jim Irsay, who is the current owner of the team.

Following a 3–13 season in 1997, the organization drafted quarterback Peyton Manning, who started for the Colts for thirteen seasons from 1998 until 2010. Under Manning the Colts saw their greatest success and during his time with the team made eleven postseason appearances, with nine consecutive appearances from 2002 to 2010. The Colts won eight division titles during this time along with two conference championships in 2006 and 2009. The Colts won their second Super Bowl title overall and their first while in Indianapolis during the 2006 season. From 1998 to 2011, the Colts were coached by Jim Mora, Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Following a 2–14 record in 2011 when Manning had been sidelined for the whole season, the Peyton Manning era came to an end in 2012, when the organization released him following multiple neck surgeries. The Colts began to rebuild and drafted quarterback Andrew Luck.

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are an American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Since the 2008 season, the Colts have played their games in Lucas Oil Stadium. Previously, the team had played for over two decades (1984–2007) at the RCA Dome. Since 1987, the Colts have been the host team for the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Colts have been a member club of the NFL since their founding in Baltimore in 1953. They were one of three NFL teams to join those of the American Football League (AFL) to form the AFC following the 1970 merger. While in Baltimore, the team advanced to the playoffs 10 times and won three NFL Championship games in 1958, 1959, and 1968. The Colts played in two Super Bowls while they were based in Baltimore, losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III and defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V. The Colts relocated to Indianapolis in 1984 and have since appeared in the playoffs 16 times, won two conference championships, and won one Super Bowl, in which they defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Jajuan Brissett (born December 11, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida before transferring to NC State, and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a member of the Patriots he won Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons as a backup to Tom Brady, and was traded to the Colts the following season.

List of Indianapolis Colts starting quarterbacks

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).

The club was officially founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953, as the Baltimore Colts, replacing a previous team of that name that folded in 1950. After 31 seasons in Baltimore, Colts owner Robert Irsay moved the team to Indianapolis.

The Colts have had 33 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of their franchise. The Colts' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Unitas, as well as the Associated Press National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) winners Earl Morrall and Bert Jones. Unitas also won the MVP award three times in his career. The franchise's first starting quarterback was Fred Enke, who started 9 games in total for the Colts. The Colts' starting quarterback from 1998 to 2011 was 5-time MVP Peyton Manning. The Colts' current starting quarterback is Andrew Luck.

Oliver Luck

Oliver Francis Luck (born April 5, 1960) is an American business executive and former football quarterback. He is currently the CEO and Commissioner of the XFL. Prior to that, he was Director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University (WVU), his alma mater, and an executive with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in charge of the organization's regulatory functions. Luck is a retired American football player who spent five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers (1982–1986). He was also the first president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer (MLS). Under his watch, the Dynamo won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007.

He is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Stanford Cardinal football statistical leaders

The Stanford Cardinal football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Stanford Cardinal football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, all-purpose yardage, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Cardinal represent Stanford University in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although Stanford began competing in intercollegiate football in 1891, the school's official record book generally does not lists players from before the 1940s, as records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1940s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. Stanford has played in a bowl game nine times since this decision, allowing players in these years (2009 through 2017) an extra game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Cardinal have appeared in the Pac-12 Championship Game four times since it began in 2011.

The top nine seasons in Stanford history in both total offensive yards and points scored have all come since 1999.These lists are updated through Stanford's game against Oregon on September 22, 2018.

Indianapolis Colts current roster
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