The argument can be made that no rookie faced more pressure heading into the 2012 season than Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts considering he was replacing one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football in Peyton Manning. Instead of struggling like most rookie quarterbacks do in their first year, Luck pulled off the unthinkable by helping the Colts bounce back from a 2-14 season in 2011 to a playoff berth in 2012 after finishing 11-5.
After the way things turned out during the 2012 season, will Luck be an MVP candidate in 2013?
Luck looked like a veteran under center in his first season with the Colts as he threw for 4,374 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, but those numbers could increase in 2013 now that he has a year of experience under his belt. Everybody knew Luck was the most NFL-ready quarterback during last April’s draft, but nobody could have predicted him to perform at the high level he did as a rookie.
Now, expectations of Luck will be even higher next season and if everything goes according to plan–he could find himself in consideration for the MVP award as well.
There’s no question Luck could be at the same level as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and some of the other top quarterbacks in the league who always seem to be in contention if he improves from his rookie season–so don’t be surprised if the former No. 1 pick is highly considered for the MVP award in 2013.
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