Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck played at Stanford where the comparisons to John Elway were never-ending and he entered the league with the tag of being the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning or Elway. After he led the Colts to a 45-44 comeback over the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago the praise continues to come Luck’s way.
This is what one veteran front-office man said about the Colts QB per Dan Pompei:
“To be able to do what he did with hardly any supporting cast was incredible. I would take him ahead of any quarterback in the league right now. I’d take him ahead of Manning, Brady, any of them.”
High praise considering Manning is coming off a regular season that saw him throw for a record 55 touchdowns and break Drew Brees’ passing yards record as well in leading the Broncos to the top record in the AFC and Brady who is two wins away from playing in his record sixth Super Bowl.
Luck led the Colts to the victory over the Chiefs despite trailing by 28 in the third quarter to make this the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history. Luck passed for 443 yards and four touchdowns in the game and afterward talked about the special feeling.
“I don’t know if it ever crossed my mind on how it would be remembered,” Luck said after winning his first playoff game four seasons quicker than it took his predecessor, Peyton Manning. “When I took a knee, and you feel the buzz and the energy of the crowd and see your teammates’ faces, that makes it special.”
Luck goes head-to-head with Brady Saturday night and if the Colts win and the Broncos win on Sunday, it will be a showdown between Luck and Manning which will dominate the headlines leading up to kickoff.