In just his third year in the league, Andrew Luck isn’t yet mentioned in the same elite quarterback conversation as guys like Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady, but if this season is any indication, that’s soon set to change. Where many overall No. 1 draft picks turn out to either succumb to the pressure and turn out to be busts or just take a long time to develop into pro-caliber players, Luck has made an immediate impact in the league, and has already climbed close to the top of the elite NFL QB ladder.
Luck’s first two seasons in the league, in which he led the Indianapolis Colts to consecutive 11-5 records, were pretty impressive on their own. But it turns out that he was just getting started. With Luck playing at a blazing pace halfway into this season, 2014 is turning out to be his official coming-out party for the former Stanford star. He’s already thrust himself into the MVP conversation and has started to draw comparisons to Peyton Manning—a guy that knows a thing or two about being a great quarterback. To put all this hype into perspective, let’s take a quick look at the numbers.
Playing in a pass-heavy offense, Luck currently has 432 pass attempts—tops in the NFL. And it’s not just that he’s got a happy trigger and is just slinging the ball around the field carelessly. Yes, he’s already passed his 2013 interception total (nine), but he has also thrown for a career-high 28 touchdowns, with seven games still left to play. He’s been extremely efficient, as evident by his 63.2 completion percentage and 99.4 passer rating.
Luck has thrown for 300-plus yards in eight straight games. He had thrown for the second-most yards (3,085) through nine games in NFL history, and was on pace to put up 5,484 passing yards, a mark that would surpass Peyton’s 2013 NFL record of 5,477. Just stop and think about that for a second—those are crazy numbers.
It isn’t just the shear stats that make Andrew Luck an elite quarterback—yeah, we said elite. Rather, it’s all the intangibles that make him stand out from the pack. He’s a triple-threat QB that is fun to watch—whether you’re a Colts fan or not. Flip through the slides to see the 5 Things That Make Andrew Luck Even Better Than You Think.
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