When the Indianapolis Colts selected Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft, they knew they were getting a special player.
In their wildest dreams they couldn't have imagined him being this special however, as the play caller out of Stanford University just keeps on performing at the highest level.
Second year quarterback Luck, who was drafted into the worst team in American Football at the time, has almost singlehandedly taken the Colts from being a poor club to Superbowl contenders.
Luck's stats present the 24-year-old as a good quarterback, but don't exactly set the world alight. In his rookie season, he had a pretty average QB rating of 76.5. Although he threw for over 4000 yards and had 23 touchdowns, he threw in a very high total of 18 interceptions.
This season, Luck has been much better with the ball, earning a QB rating of 91.5 this year. He has thrown for just under 2000 yards, 13 touchdowns and only three picks in his first eight games, marking a huge improvement from last year.
The only stat that matters in any way in professional sports however, is wins. Winning is a category in which Mr. Luck excels. The 2012 top pick has won an incredible 17 games from his first 24. This would be impressive for Drew Brees or Peyton Manning with the excellent New Orleans Saints or Denver Broncos, let alone a quarterback completely new to the league on a team that is really not that great.
In 24 games in the NFL, Luck has orchestrated ten game winning comeback drives in the fourth quarter of matches, a total that almost matches that of nine year Houston Texans veteran Matt Schaub in just one and a half seasons of play.
What Luck can do on the field can not be seen on paper however, as the quarterback's abilities go beyond those shown in the stats. Luck has an aura around him that all great players have and that seems to inspire those around him to play better.
His incredible escape ability has enabled him to avoid countless sacks, even when provided with the worst offensive line in the league in 2012. He was sacked 41 times last term, but it could have been many more if not for his Houdini-like escapes. Even with this ailing team, Luck still miraculously managed to get them into the playoffs with an 11-5 record.
This Colt's have become a vastly improved franchise this season however, with improvements in their offensive line and the addition of Trent Richardson at the running-back spot helping them to become a top team.
They have now become legitimate Superbowl contenders and have already beaten three of the other main contenders for the Superbowl crown this season. The Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers have all fallen to the Colts in their impressive 6-2 start to the season.
Andrew Luck's incredible ability to win, even with few offensive weapons at his disposal, is a skill that has made him a member of the elite group of quarterbacks in the league. You would still take Brees, Manning or Aaron Rodgers over Luck for your ultimate team, but the young quarterback's clutch performances, work ethic and strong mentality will eventually propel him to the top.
Luck is so good that he may retire one of the best players ever to play the famous quarterback position.
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