Today The New York Times‘ NFL writer Judy Battista profiles Andrew Luck and his impressive football acumen in the paper’s Sports Section. Even with his low profile, aw-shucks demeanor, the young Colts QB manages to demand national attention every week through is eye-opening ability to play the position. Battista, who also has a nice article on all 5 NFL rookies, manages to put together a few tidbits for the national audience that some Colts fans may or may not have read yet:
Christensen, the Colts’ quarterbacks coach, had gotten his first sense of how quickly Luck absorbed information after the scouting combine, when the team gave him the portion of the playbook that included the five-step passing game. By the time Luck, the top pick in the draft, got off his flight in California on his way back to Stanford University, he reached out to the Colts.
“O.K., good, what’s next?” he said, shocking coaches who thought that was a few weeks’ worth of work.
I think we are seeing a rarity in a young man who has great athletic ability and football IQ, but could just as easily be running a corporation or teaching at a university, commanding an NFL offense. We’re likely whitnessing that from Robert Griffin III as well, but as Ted Marchibroda, and later Tony Dungy used to say; he’s good but I like our guy.