Andrew Luck is a professional American football player currently playing as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football at Stanford and led the team to 3 bowl games. He is a recipient of the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award and has been twice honored as an All-American.
He was also runner-up twice at the Heisman Trophy, 2010 and 2011, and offensive player of the year at the Pac-12 (Pac-10) conference. Here are all the other facts you should know about one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck’s Biography
Andrew Austin Luck was born on September 12, 1989, in Washington, D.C. Due to the nature of his father’s work, the family lived in different places during his early years. Luck spent his formative years in London, then Frankfurt, Germany before returning to the United States to settle in Houston, Texas.
Back in Texas, he attended Stratford High School, where he started playing soccer, first as a defensive player, and later as a quarterback. In his senior year, he became one of the most valued recruiting targets at the high school. He ranked fifth among the country’s most promising players in the Scouts and also among the top 50 high school players overall.
Rivals.com considered him not only a 4-star recruit but also the #4 professional quarterback in his 2008 graduating class. Andrew Luck played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that year and finished his high school career, throwing 7,139 yards with 53 touchdowns and storming 2,085 yards.
He had offers from schools like Northwestern, Virginia, Rice, Purdue, and Oklahoma State, but he chose Stanford and began college under coach Jim Harbaugh. In the first season, he returned to the team as a quarterback, replacing Tavita Pritchard who had held the position the previous season.
Andrew Luck was the first rookie to hold this position in thirteen years since Chad Hutchinson last held it in 1996. Luck led the Cardinals to several victories this season. He had an outstanding throw record of 2,575 yards, 2,929 yards total attack, the fifth-highest in Stanford history, led the Pac-10 in passes with a score of 143.5, and also finished second in the Pac-10 in the total attack.
He was unable to play in the Sun Bowl after suffering a finger injury in a game against Notre Dame that led to surgery.
The 2010 season was another great season for the experienced QB as he was named one of the best players in the country, was voted into the first team of the All-Pac-10 team, won the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week award for his outstanding performance in a game against Arizona and California, and was also named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
At the end of the season, Sporting News projected him as the number one in the 2011 NFL draft if he were to compete for the draft, but Andrew Luck, despite his aptitude, chose to stay at Stanford to complete his studies. The following season (2011), he led the Cardinals to a record 11-2 win in the BCS Bowl, and this season he was awarded the Maxwell Award and also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
He also finished second at the Heisman Trophy for the second year in a row and became the fourth player to finish second twice in the Heisman Vote. Fortunately, he was also named First Team All America by ESPN.com, Pro Football Weekly, AFCA, and Walter Camp.
Luck was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and agreed to a 4-year contract with the franchise worth $22.1 million.
He set a rookie singles record of 433 pass yards and a season record of 4,374 yards, and at the end of the season Luck posted his first of several Pro Bowl selections. In 2016 he signed a 6-year contract extension with the franchise worth $140 million, becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL. He was also named NFL Top 100 Player of 2017 by his peers.
His Net Worth, Salary
The Indianapolis Colts QB is currently the highest-paid player in the NFL after signing a $140 million contract extension with the franchise in 2016, with $87 million guaranteed.
Relationships And Family Life
Andrew Luck is the son of Oliver Luck, (a former NFL quarterback who played for the Houston Oilers from 1982 to 1986). His mother’s name is Kathy. Luck is the first of their four children. He has one brother (Addison) and two sisters (Mary Ellen and Emily).
Mary Ellen, like her older brother, went to Stanford where she played volleyball. His brother studied at the American School in London and currently lives in West Virginia. Emily is currently studying at Stanford.
With Nicole, Pechanec’s luck connects a long-standing relationship. Nicole Pechanec is also a graduate of Stanford University, was captain of the gymnastics team, and was appointed senior to the team MVP.