Lucks have typical father-son relationship
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You can't help but notice the same infectious laugh that concludes one sentence before introducing his next thought. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a precocious rookie, is indeed his father's son.
The son, despite carrying impressive credentials before attempting his first NFL pass, has surpassed even his father's lofty expectations.
For West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, watching Andrew carve up pro defenses generates emotions only a proud parent could appreciate.
“I'm proud of him for what he's been able to accomplish,” Oliver Luck said. “I'm not sure I really expected him to be a No. 1 draft pick. I don't think any dad or parent expects that to happen.”
Andrew Luck has set NFL records for most passing yards in a single game by a rookie quarterback (433), most 300-yard passing games by a rookie quarterback (six), most game-winning drives by a rookie quarterback (five; tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Vince Young), most fourth-quarter comebacks by a rookie quarterback (six) and most wins by the No. 1 overall pick quarterback in his rookie season (nine).
Under Luck's direction, Indianapolis is on the verge of clinching a playoff berth a season after finishing 2-14.
“I've been to every one of his games live,” Oliver Luck said. “I did the same thing when he was at Stanford and playing high school football. It's fun to sit down and really focus and watch every play.”
At times, what he's witnessed has overwhelmed him.
“It's a tough league. It's a hard league. There's so much talent and parity,” said Luck, a two-time academic All-American quarterback at West Virginia who played five seasons with the Houston Oilers. “I'm always impressed when young guys come into the league and play well.”
It's one thing for a rookie quarterback to immediately prove he has star potential.
What Andrew Luck has done is nothing short of sensational.
He's already transformed a franchise reeling from the loss of icon Peyton Manning to become the Colts' new savior.
When father and son talk — several times a week, according to Oliver Luck — they're more likely to discuss life and family than football.
Oliver describes their father-son relationship as typical, but one in which Andrew calls his shots.
“We really don't talk about the games,” the elder Luck said. “I remember from being a player, the last thing you want to talk about is a game you just spent rehashing with your coaches watching film. You don't want to answer the same questions Mom or Dad asks.”
Not every son has the opportunity to learn from a father who played the same position that he now plays in the NFL. Oliver Luck has a wealth of experience.
Then again, precious few fathers have a son as gifted and accomplished as Andrew Luck.
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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