For some, winning is an ability that comes almost as naturally as taking a breath. Think of Kobe and Peyton and Tiger and Rafa. For others it’s a mindset that sees them through even uncertain times. Dating back to his formative days at Stratford High School in Houston, Andrew Luck has been on the road to success. The son of a former quarterback and school athletic director, Luck worked his way through the football ranks with seeming ease and is now tearing through the NFL, one yard at a time. Last year, he piloted the Colts to the playoffs, upping his efficiency and cutting his interceptions in half, and then led one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history against Kansas City during Wild Card Weekend. He’s a natural leader.
For 2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, success has been a gradual journey that has taken him from mid-level team player to a solo performer dominating the big leagues. He does have some sports background, including an impressive high school highlight tape on the hardwood, but 2 Chainz now works a different angle, moving the crowds with his words rather than his actions.
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Apart from attributes like drive and determination, these two American originals also share a birthday, September 12. The rest of 2014 will be important for both of them, as Luck — now 25 years old — has legit expectations to build off last season’s playoff finish, while 2 Chainz (37) is promoting his May EP FreeBase and working on his third studio album.
To celebrate the born days of these two unique power players, we present a mash-up playlist that brings them together even more. Here is 2 Chainz and Andrew Luck: The Ultimate Playlist.
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