If Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is looking for any motivation heading into the 2016 NFL Season, he needs to look no further than how the rest of his NFL peers feel about him as a player. NFL Network began unveiling their “Top 100 Players of 2016” on Thursday, a list that’s voted on by NFL players, and Luck ended up as the 92nd best player in the league after finishing seventh in 2015.
Luck appeared in eight games for the Colts in 2015 as he battled multiple injuries. Early in the season, he suffered torn cartilage in two of his ribs that he needed painkilling injections for just to be able to play. Luck was reportedly still in significant pain, but wanted to try his best to be on the field for his teammates. Later in the year, he ended up suffering a lacerated kidney.
Despite the injuries, Luck threw for 1,881 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Clearly not near where you’d expect a player of his caliber to be, but more than respectable numbers for a guy who played injured most of the season.
Through free agency and the draft, the Colts have rebuilt their offensive line this offseason and still have T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and last year’s first-round pick Phillip Dorsett as weapons for Luck. He could be in for a massive comeback season in 2016.