Andrew Luck’s Impressive Debut

The Indianapolis Colts kicked off the 2012 preseason with an effortless 38-3 win over the St. Louis Rams. Given, wins in the preseason don’t matter much due to the fact that it is mostly second string players on the field, I am still impressed with the way Luck led this team.

Andrew’s first pass in an NFL uniform was a 63-yard touchdown to Delone Carter. But don’t get too impressed just yet. After he took the snap, Luck scrambled around a few yards behind the line of scrimmage with a few Rams defensive players chasing him. Just before being knocked to the ground, he tossed the ball to Donald Brown, who was just inside the line of scrimmage. Donald then carried the ball all the way to the end-zone, maneuvering many Rams on the way. It was definitely an impressive play for Brown.

Do any of you Colts fans remember Peyton Manning’s first pass in the NFL? It was a 40-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison. After watching Andrew and Donald’s killer play, I couldn’t help but feel some deja vu. Is it just a coincidence that this rookie had the same fortune that Peyton did on his first play? I guess we will have to find out. This is definitey not the only similarity between Manning and Luck. Perhaps the biggest similarity between the two quarterbacks is their brilliance. They both understand the game of football better than almost anyone. They know plays like the back of their hands and can read the defense well. It doesn’t just take brawn to lead a team; brains are a necessity as well. I think that Andrew’s mind is one thing that is helping him carry this team so well and make great plays. Andrew has some big shoes to fill, and with that impressive first play, people are going to expect even more of him. No pressure, Andrew.

Luck finished the game 10 of 16 for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. Andrew impressed us all on Sunday, and now we will expect him to do the same every Sunday. When Peyton started out with the Colts, he had a stellar team with star players like Marvin Harrison. Andrew has to lead a team divided between rookies and veterans that stuck around when Peyton left. It can’t be easy to lead that team, but Luck is doing a pretty good job so far.

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