No sooner had the NFL debut of his newest franchise quarterback matched - bettered, actually - that of his previous franchise quarterback, the Indianapolis Colts' owner turned to his Twitter account.
“The legend has begun!!!!!!!!’’ Irsay wrote.
Yes, it has.
For at least one half, Andrew Luck was the real deal. The successor to Peyton Manning, Luck directed the Colts to a 21-3 halftime lead by running an efficient offense. He completed 10-of-16 passes for 188 yards with two touchdowns.
Then, the No. 1 overall pick in the April Draft found a place on the Colts' sideline and watched a 38-3 blowout unfold. Andrew Luck’s work was done, and it had been done very well.
As was the case with Manning in his exhibition debut in 1998, Luck served immediate notice of his arrival.
Luck’s first pass traveled about seven yards to running back Donald Brown on a screen. Brown did the rest, weaving through the Rams’ defense for a 63-yard touchdown.
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