Andrew Luck isn’t house-hunting in Indianapolis just yet
|02.24.12 at 4:17 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — While Robert Griffin III got a question about his unique sock collection right out of the gate — Ninja Turtles, for those of you keeping track at home — Andrew Luck got a real estate question. The Stanford quarterback, who many believe is the heir apparent in Indianapolis to Peyton Manning, was asked if he was doing any house hunting while he was in Indianapolis this week.
‘It’s a little premature for that, I think,’ Luck said with a smile.
The sight of Luck standing in The House That Peyton Manning Built and being asked about the possibility of replacing him in the Indianapolis lineup is surreal. But that’s what the Stanford product did for his session with the media that ran for 10-plus minutes at the NFL scouting combine on Friday afternoon. Luck talked about his game, the quarterbacks he admires now (a group that includes Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady) and his decision not to throw this week in Indianapolis.
But mostly, it was about Peyton.
‘I’m not too caught up in that right now. I understand that it is a possibility,’ Luck said when asked about possibly taking over for Manning. ‘Peyton was my hero growing up. He was my football hero. It’s who I modeled myself after in high school, in middle school, whenever it was. You never truly replace a guy like that, and who knows what happens? So many different things could happen, but I’m not thinking about it too much right now.
‘I understand the questions have to be asked. It’s part of it. I understand its speculation,’ Luck added. ‘In my mind, too, nothing’s happened yet. I haven’t been drafted by any team and obviously with Peyton, that’s still going on with the Colts. It’s not uncomfortable. I understand the questions have to be asked.’
The Manning-Luck question has bedeviled the Colts for the better part of the last month, and the questions will only intensify over the next couple of weeks, as Indianapolis faces a March 8 due date on a possible $28 million bonus for Manning if he’s still on the roster. Indianapolis could cut him loose, leaving the Colts without the face of their franchise.
That, combined with the fact that Indianapolis, which has the No. 1 pick in the draft, can begin negotiating with Luck as early as Friday, has sparked a lot of questions here in Indy this week about the future of two high-profile quarterbacks in Manning and Luck.
‘Peyton has to be healthy, it has to be something that’s spoken on, investigated and talked about,’ Colts GM Ryan Grigson said Thursday. ‘But right now, like I said, it’s a process that we’re waiting for things to happen and doing the things that we have control of. Things that we don’t have control of, we just have no choice but to be patient and (perhaps) all you will be the same.’
Luck has had some communication with Manning in the past, including on his decision to return to Stanford last season.
‘I’ve been down to the Manning camps the past two summers. It’s a great experience, great to see all the Mannings,’ he said. ‘I did talk to him after I made my decision to come back to school last year for advice because obviously he went through a very similar situation. I got a couple of texts through the season, but other than that, not much.’
When it comes to quarterbacks he tries to model his game after, he said he likes to pick and choose.
‘You know, [John] Elway just because of the Stanford connection as well,’ he said. ‘And actually this past two years all of the quarterbacks at Stanford have sat down and tried to watch as much NFL film as we can and try to take picks and pieces — Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and see what they do, why they’re successful and try to apply it to our game.
‘You obviously can’t take everything because what they do is light years beyond some of us. Hopefully some day I can be up there with them. But try and take bits and pieces of what the successful guys are doing.’
Neither Luck nor Griffin will throw this week at the combine, with Luck saying he made the decision by myself. I bounced it off my agent and my father and felt like it was in my best interest to wait until the Pro Day, so we’ll go from there.’ At the same time, it was interesting to note that while the Colts had yet to request an interview with Griffin, they had already met with Luck, as the Stanford product acknowledged that he met with Colts offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen on Thursday.
For his part, Grigson certainly sounded enthused about this year’s group of quarterback when he was asked about Luck on Thursday.
‘He’s a great player. The last guy in the last row of any stadium can tell you that he’s a heck of a quarterback, a heck of a person, intelligent kid,’ Grigson said of Luck. ‘He’s got a lot to offer as do a lot of other players, including other quarterbacks in this draft. This is going to be a good draft. There’s a lot of talent across the board positionally.’