The first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft went pretty much as planned. In fact, there was almost a bittersweet sense of banality in the air on Thursday night, when the Indianapolis Colts selected quarterback Andrew Luck with the number one overall pick. The decision for the “Horseshoe” to hitch their wagon to Luck’s ears seemed to have been made eons ago, even before NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning hit the highway to Colorado. It’s not Luck’s fault that he has been chosen to fill the biggest horseshoes in history. Now that the pre-draft drama is complete, the new era in Indianapolis has officially begun.
After the first round of the draft, Luck’s first sit-down interview as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts was aired on the “Late Show With David Letterman” Thursday night. Letterman, an Indianapolis native, ran off a laundry list of Luck’s statistics before introducing the former Manning Award winner, and current Manning replacement. The show was previously taped, but was on air nationwide after Thursday’s draft selections.
Luck entered Letterman’s stage to a rousing applause, which was much more jovial than the reception he received at Radio City Music Hall, when he officially took the stage to set off the 2012 NFL Draft. Luck began the interview by praising Peyton Manning, describing how he grew up with knowledge from the Manning family, which was close to his own. Luck spent time as a student and as a counselor at the Manning’s young quarterback academies. Luck got another solid round of applause after stating that he stayed at Stanford an extra year to help achieve his degree in architecture. Many pundits projected that Luck would have been the number one overall pick if he had chosen to enter the NFL Draft last season, as well.
During the interview, Luck referred to Manning as ‘The Best’, but still seemed willing to accept the tasks of replacing the legend. Andrew Luck becomes the fourth quarterback to be taken with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Colts franchise. In the last 15 years, 12 of the number one overall picks in the NFL Draft have been quarterbacks.
Letterman also asked Andrew Luck if he was happy to be in Indianapolis. Luck’s only response was, “Absolutely”.