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NEW YORK (AP) -- Six weeks after saying goodbye to Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts handed Andrew Luck a blue and white jersey, expecting him to be their quarterback for the next decade.
Luck couldn't have chosen a tougher act to follow, but many believe he is the most NFL-ready passer to enter the league since Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998. All Manning did was win an unprecedented four MVP awards and a Super Bowl for Indy.
The Stanford quarterback was told by the Colts last week that Commissioner Roger Goodell would announce his name first Thursday night. He got the nod over Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy who was taken second overall by the Washington Redskins..
After being loudly booed at the outset, Goodell told a raucous crowd at Radio City Music Hall that "the season begins tonight, so let's kick if off." Then he did, congratulating Luck while the crowd chanted "RG3, RG3."
Luck left the stage and slapped hands with some fans in Colts shirts and headed to the interview room.
To get Griffin, Washington dealt a second-round pick this year and its first-rounders in 2013 and 14 to St. Louis to move up four spots.
Less than an hour before Goodell began the draft, Cleveland and Minnesota pulled off another trade. The Browns moved up just one spot, from fourth to third, to ensure getting running back Trent Richardson of national champion Alabama. Minnesota received picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds and still was in position to get one of the elite prospects in this draft.
Minnesota then took Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil, who the Vikings were expected to take at No. 3 anyway.
Luck's good fortune put him in a similar position to Stanford predecessors Jim Plunkett, who won two Super Bowls for the Raiders, and John Elway, who led Denver to two NFL titles.
Elway now runs the Broncos and recently signed Manning as a free agent after Manning missed all of last season following neck surgery.
In Manning's place now will be Luck, not a bad way to begin a rebuilding project.
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Ryan Grigson officially announced today that the Indianapolis Colts will select quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford with the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft:
A new era in Colts football will start on Thursday evening just after eight o’clock when Indianapolis will select quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL Draft.
Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson...
No surprise here. The Colts have been targeting Luck for months and the release of Peyton Manning all but sealed the deal, and Luck’s future.
In 2011, Luck led Stanford to a record of 11–2, a berth in a BCS bowl (the Fiesta Bowl), and a # 7 ranking in the final AP Poll and was runner up for the Heisman for two consecutive years.
Luck became Stanford’s all-time leader in wins...
The large banner of Peyton Manning has been removed from Lucas Oil Stadium.
The move Wednesday comes a day before the Colts will take Andrew Luck, Manning's replacement, with the No. 1 overall choice in the NFL draft.
Pete Ward, the team's chief operating officer, says the timing had nothing to do with the draft. Instead, he says, it was because a crane was in the area...
Peyton Manning's time in Indianapolis is officially over, and the Colts aren't going to let the banner hit him on his way out. The Colts took down a huge "Thank You Peyton!" banner from the side of Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday, and the Indianapolis Star was there to chronicle its step-by-step dismantling. Management had put the poster up the day after Manning...
The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City starting with the Indianapolis Colts' number one overall pick. The full schedule is as follows:
Round1: Thursday, April 26th, 8 ET, Televised on NFL Network and ESPN
Round 2-3 : Friday April 27th, 7 ET, NFL Network and ESPN
Round 4-7 : Saturday, April 28th, 12 ET, NFL Network and ESPN
With the NFL draft fast approaching the Indianapolis Colts confirmed what many believed in that they are taking Andrew Luck, quarterback out of Stanford University, with the number 1 overall pick.
The question some had leading up to the draft was whether or not Robert Griffin III should have been chosen before him. Some say it was never a conversation to begin with, others, even...
1. Indianapolis, Andrew Luck, qb, 6-4, 234, Stanford: A prototypical NFL QB with superior decision-making abilities, arm strength and mechanics. Father, Oliver, was also an NFL QB.
2. Washington, Robert Griffin III, qb, 6-2, junior, 223, Baylor: A fast runner and polished passer, Griffin could be a game-changer. Smart player with intangibles through the roof....
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has been selected first overall
in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
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Before the Denver Broncos inked free agent and future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, the AFC West champions were showing great interest in former ASU signal caller Brock Osweiler. Evident by their second round draft selection tonight, that interest never waned despite the Broncos’ colossal signing.
The Brigham Young Cougars never played Stanford when Andrew Luck, who will soon be the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was their quarterback. In other years, that has not been the case. Did you know that BYU has faced nine players who were the eventual first pick overall in the NFL draft? Five of the nine times, BYU played against the eventual first pick overall in their...
Kill the NFL DraftSince the birth of ESPN, interest in the NFL Draft has increased yearly. It has become a primetime event introducing the most promising College players to fans who have salivated over forty yard dash times and bench rep numbers for months. The first round of the draft can be exciting to College Football freaks and draftniks; but let me ask you this: How many casual...
The Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck seemed like an inevitable pairing all the way back in October when reports first surfaced that Colts owner Jim Irsay was taking in some of Luck’s games first-hand.
It has long been speculated that the Colts would be drafting the top QB prospect since Peyton Manning and only another late season win could have prevented this scenario.