They say that imitation is the biggest form of flattery. The Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck looks to pattern his game after four of the game’s best at his position.
One of the quarterbacks that the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft wants to imitate is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The other signal callers are Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers.
All four quarterbacks are seen as football’s best at their positions. However, if there was just one that he should emulate, it should be Roethlisberger.
Big Ben is one of three quarterbacks in the league to have multiple Super Bowl appearances and multiple Super Bowl wins. The others are New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Another great reason for Luck to style his game after Roethlisberger is because the Colts’ new offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians, is Big Ben’s former offensive coordinator. It’s pretty obvious that Roethlisberger had success under Arians’ offensive scheme.
Under Arians, Big Ben threw for 18,060 yards, 113 touchdowns, and completed 63.3 percent of his passes. In addition, Roethlisberger made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2011 and won one of his two Super Bowls with Arians as OC.
With Luck’s underrated athleticism, and natural ability at the quarterback position, he could definitely have the same success that Big Ben did under Arians, if not more.
Luck’s Stanford University education tells us that he has a high level of intelligence, and that he is smart enough to know that Roethlisberger is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league today.
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