After the Indianapolis Colts came back and defeated 45-44 over the Kansas City Chiefs, both Colts’ General Manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano spoke with NFL Network‘s Albert Breer post-game. Their comments show their unwavering love for their star and second-year QB Andrew Luck, but Grigson’s comments are rather premature.
“There’s been some great ones,” Pagano said. “But [Luck is] gonna go down as probably one of the best, if not the best, ever to play this game when everything is all said and done. We’re very, very fortunate to have No. 12 on our side.”
While Pagano’s comments are spot-on, they also don’t shock any people have watched Luck this season. However, Grigson’s comments and comparison of Luck and Michael Jordan might cause some controversy amongst the sports circles.
“He’s always been a different animal in the fourth quarter, his whole life,” Grigson said. “And just even hearing the story from his uncle [and agent, Will Wilson]. He relishes those moments. It’s like Jordan when he’d take that last shot — he wants the ball. This guy, we’re so blessed, he wants the ball in those situations. Other guys don’t want the ball; they want to hand it off. They don’t really want it — they’re gonna be half-stepping it. This kid is gonna rear back and throw a bomb when he has all the pressure on him. And that’s a thing of beauty. You’re born with that.”
Luck inspired and led the Colts’ comeback. After Peyton Manning left town for the Denver Broncos, Luck stepped up in his rookie season. In 2013 and into the 2014 playoffs, Luck has shined and many are asking if he is the next elite quarterback.
I wouldn’t disagree with most of Grigson’s comments and praise of his quarterback. However, I think the comparison too Jordan is coming to soon. Luck hasn’t won any Super Bowl rings nor any MVP awards. If Luck’s first two season play is any indication of his overall career success, he will be one of the best NFL quarterbacks. However, each season, players surprise us with how they play and others face injuries.
We don’t know how Luck will play in the future, and we need to take the current season one game at a time. Overall, Grigson’s comments could cause some pride issues for Luck, but he seems level headed and will probably not make too much of the comments. Before we cause a big situation over these comments, let’s focus on Luck’s current play.
Who knows, Luck could lead the Colts to their first of many Super Bowl titles, or they could lose next round. This can be a lesson for everyone. Let the player’s play. Don’t make comparison with other top-class athletes. In the end, it is too soon to know whether Luck is the next elite QB or if he is comparable to MJ.
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