Quarterback Andrew Luck was a two-time Heisman finalist at Stanford University. The Indianapolis Colts selected him with the number one pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
American football quarterback Andrew Luck was born in Washington, D.C., in 1989. By high school, he was considered one of the top prospects in the country. In 2008, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he helped turn around the football program, leading the team to three bowl games. The Indianapolis Colts selected Luck with the number one pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Andrew Austin Luck was born in Washington, D.C., on September 12, 1989. The son of former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck, Andrew Luck spent his early childhood years in London, England, and later Frankfurt, Germany, where his father worked as the general manger of two World League of American Football teams.
After the Lucks returned to the United States and settled in Houston, Texas, Andrew started playing Pop Warner football, taking up the position of defensive end. He eventually switched to quarterback, which became his full-time position by the time he started at Houston's Stratford High.
By his senior year at Stratford, Luck was drawing national attention, with some scouts ranking him as the fifth best prospect in Texas and one of the country's top 50 overall high school players.
His traditional drop-back approach, matched with an impressive ability to run, made college scouts gush over his potential, while his numbers (2,684 passing yards and 19 touchdowns his senior year) enhanced his allure.
In the classroom, Luck was equally impressive. When he graduated from Stratford in 2008, he served as class valedictorian.
In the fall of 2008 Luck enrolled at Stanford University, where he majored in architectural design. For a top-level high school prospect, Luck's decision to spurn scholarship offers from other universities seemed curious. After all, the Cardinal were coming off a 1-11 season and the school was generally seen as having one of the worst programs in college football.
But Luck admired Stanford's academics, and it didn't hurt that the program had a relatively new head coach in ex-NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
Under Harbaugh's tutelage, Luck excelled for the Cardinal, quickly restoring a program that had churned out NFL greats such as quarterbacks Jim Plunkett and John Elway. After redshirting his freshman year, Luck stepped in as the team's starting quarterback in 2009.
Over the next three seasons Luck led a vaunted offensive attack, propelling Stanford to three straight bowl games, including the 2011 Orange Bowl and the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. During his college career Luck was twice named the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Year, and was a two-time Heisman finalist.
Following his junior year, speculation swirled that Luck would cut his college career short and enter the NFL draft as one of the league's top picks. Instead, Luck chose to finish his degree and return to the Cardinal for his senior season.
Despite the risks Luck ran in damaging his draft prospects by getting hurt or having a poor year, the quarterback turned in another stellar season, passing for 3,517 yards and 37 touchdowns. Following the 2011 football year, Luck was honored with a bevy of awards, including the Maxwell Trophy as the nation's top player, the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy.
In April 2012, the Indianapolis Colts selected Luck with the number one pick in the NFL draft. Seen as the successor to Peyton Manning, Luck agreed to a four-year, $22.1 million deal with the franchise.
Displaying a powerful arm and the poise of a veteran, Luck proved a worthy selection to take over as the team's franchise quarterback. He set a rookie single-game record with 433 passing yards in November, and his season total of 4,374 yards also established a rookie mark. At the end of the season, he earned his first of multiple Pro Bowl selections.
Although his passing numbers dipped as a sophomore, Luck was better at avoiding costly interceptions. His biggest moment of the season came in the opening round of the playoffs, when he led the Colts back from a 28-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
Luck took another step forward in 2014, demonstrating that he deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as other elite quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and his predecessor, Manning. The Indy QB topped the NFL with 40 touchdown passes, and set a new personal mark with 4,761 yards through the air. Although the season ended with a blowout loss to Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, Luck’s rapid ascension to stardom had Colts fans feeling good about the future.