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What started back in Anderson has continued at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
The 11-year veteran Cory Redding helping Daniel Adongo learn the game of football in every facet.
“He’s like a baby to the game,” Redding said of the newest member to the Colts active roster.
“The day he got here he was like crawling, and now he’s up and walking, running as a toddler, Now he’s looking at all the defenses, looking at special teams. Studying guys’ body types and different pass rush moves to get on them, just learning everything he can about the game and it’s so exciting to see. He has his notebook in front of him, he has his iPad in front of him, he’s looking at stuff. The guy is being a technician to the game. And that’s what I love to see because it’s going to transition on the field.”
That transition will come on Sunday afternoon as Chuck Pagano expects the 6’5”, 270-pound Adongo to play special teams for the Colts.
Redding is beyond amazed at the progression Adongo has made on a field that was completing foreign to him just four months ago.
“He’s giving the offensive line fits. He’s strong. He’s fast,” Redding said in describing Adongo. “Very aggressive player and I cannot wait to see him line up wherever they put him. Whoever’s across from him is going to be in trouble. He’s a heck of a player, you’re all going to see it. And I can’t wait to see him play.”
When talking about his own development, Adongo uses the phrase ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ to describe the tutelage he’s received from Colts veterans.
That ‘child’ will look awfully big on Sunday when running down on kickoffs.
“He’s got a lot of built up anger and frustration from practice. You can tell he wants to hit somebody but it’s practice and your teammates so you want to not do that,” Redding said of Adongo.
“But, he’s going against an opposing team, so he can hit them as much as he can, legally now, from whistle to whistle, snap to whistle.”
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Intro: Indianapolis earned a 22-14 victory over Tennessee to move within one win or a Titans loss of the AFC South crown. It takes 60 minutes and 45 players to win a game, and rarely does one like yesterday symbolize that more. Here are Five Things Learned from Sunday’s win.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ 22-14 victory over Tennessee was a 60-minute effort that needed something from every player.
Indianapolis got it to vanquish Tennessee and move much closer to a second straight playoff berth. It was a good bounce back after a difficult loss at Arizona, and the club kept alive its nearly two-season streak of not losing consecutive games.
The Colts are on the cusp of a divisional title that yields a home playoff game, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
FOCUS DURING ADVERSITY – The clamor around the Colts last week was loud as observers asked how the team would respond to a 2-2 stretch that included 29- and 30-point losses. Some outsiders who might have thought the ship was sinking heard Colts players talk about doing what they do, but only doing a little better. The process put in place by Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson in 2012 has been modified cosmetically as needed as things do through 28 games, but the bedrock foundation of trust, faith and philosophy stays rooted. Players knew execution and fundamentals were needed to beat Tennessee. The mid-week message was repeated afterward. From statesman Cory Redding after the win: “We settled down. We trusted one another to get the job done. We went back to basics, and it worked. That’s what we kind of got away from, guys trying to do too much. Just do your job and trust the man next to you to do theirs.”
BIDE YOUR TIME, SERVE YOUR TEAMMATES – Donald Brown waited 12 games this year to get a starting nod. He had not opened a game since week four of 2012. Brown came through as the leading rusher for the fourth time this season. After four straight starts for Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn did not start. His focus then was to be the best CB on the field should his time come. It came – two interceptions. Jeff Linkenbach started at RG for the third time this season, and the Colts won for a third time. Mike McGlynn contributed in other roles, and Pagano praised every player involved for professionalism. It truly was a mature mindset by a team that listens to its coach. His mantra of, ‘45 Men, 60 Minutes, Don’t Judge, All You Got,’ was on full display.
PRODUCE IN CRUNCH – The Colts mustered 25 rushing yards through three quarters, but had 79 when it counted the most, including a four-yard Brown TD burst. The defense gave up a long TD drive to open the second half. An unsightly three-and-out offensive possession that included a penalty and sack, plus a long punt return, put the defense at its 32 just two minutes later. Robert Mathis had a sack-strip that led to a field goal to re-gain the lead. Four plays after the kick, Vaughn intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick. Takeaways on consecutive drives kept Tennessee from scoring again. The Colts scored 10 unanswered points, while the defense forced two punts and had one more interception with 33 seconds left to seal the game. Indianapolis produced in the crunch. Not always does a team win going away. Many do so by making plays when it matters.
ADAM VINATIERI VINTAGE – Adam Vinatieri twice before had made five field goals in a game, but not since 2004. Vinatieri tied a club record done seven other times by hitting from 47, 48, 45, 37 and 49 yards. His first, third and fifth kicks put the Colts ahead. It looked like Indianapolis would have to win a game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 2003 – until late. Vinatieri is 26-of-29 this year, including 15-of-18 from the 40-plus range. He has made 22 of his last 23 efforts, 34-of-35 inside 50 yards. In addition to joining Morten Andersen as the only kickers with 800-plus points with two different teams, Vinatieri joined eight others (done a total of nine times) who hit four times from the 40-yard range in a game. Of all free agent signings in Colts history, his is one of the best.
STEADY IS MONEY – In going 4-2 at home and away, the Colts are 8-4. After going 3-1 in the first two quarters of the season, Sunday’s win put the Colts at 2-2 in the season’s third quarter. That steady production has the Colts within grasp of a 16th playoff berth since moving to Indianapolis. Under Pagano and Grigson, the Colts started 2-2 in the first quarter of 2012 with nearly a completely rebuilt team. Afterward, Indianapolis was 3-1, 3-1 and 3-1 to reach 11-5. This year’s two 3-1 starts meant five consecutive quarters of seasons had that steady production. Fighting injuries and uneven play, the Colts ended the third quarter with a .500 mark. An extended period of play since 2002 has seen the Colts have only five non-winning seasonal quarters – a span of almost 12 full seasons. Colts fans – current and long-time – should appreciate that feat.
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Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding has been selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award.
The award is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual and Redding is one of 32 National Football League players who earned the accolade. The players of each member club nominate an individual annually and those chosen are honored at a banquet in Baltimore each March.
“The Ed Block Courage Award is special to me because these are the things that I cherish and hold close to my heart as far as being a leader on and off the field, helping people in need, challenging myself in times of adversity to bounce back, all the characteristics that make up the Ed Block Courage Award,” said Redding. “To be nominated by my peers and elected from a committee of people to receive this award is the greatest honor I’ve had to this point in the game of football and I’ll do my best to represent the award.”
Redding is in his second season with the Colts and 11th overall in the NFL. In 10 games this season, he has posted 27 tackles (19 solo), 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and one pass defensed.
“Cory is a true professional on and off the field,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “His leadership skills are unparalleled and he embodies the true sense of serving. Cory is extremely deserving of this award and I’m thrilled that he is being recognized by his peers for his efforts.”
Redding, has appeared in 155 games, making 125 starts over his 11-year career. He holds career totals of 480 tackles (323 solo), 31.0 sacks, 20 passes defensed, 10 fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and one interception. Since joining the Colts in 2012, he has started all 24 games he’s played in and has recorded 73 tackles (44 solo), 5.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Off the field, Redding lends his support to many charitable endeavors. In 2007, he started the Cory Redding Foundation to support educational, recreational and community assistance programs for at-risk populations. The foundation’s current programs include the 3D Football Camp, the Cory Redding Middle School Challenge program and a partnership with Meals and Wheels in Austin, TX which provides meals for more than 2,000 individuals each year. Redding has also been involved with several other community events, including the CHUCKSTRONG Gala, Playground Build, Play 60 Challenge Launch Party and the Million Meal Marathon.
The award is named after Ed Block who was the head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. He served as trainer emeritus with the club until he passed away in 1983.
Past winners of the award dating back to 2000, include: S-Antoine Bethea (2012), DE-Robert Mathis (2011), DE-Dwight Freeney (2010), DB-Marlin Jackson (2009), C-Jeff Saturday (2008), OG-Ryan Lilja (2007), WR-Reggie Wayne (2006), LB-Cato June (2005), LB-Gary Brackett (2004), DE-Chad Bratzke (2003), LB-Rob Morris (2002), QB-Peyton Manning (2001) and DT-Bernard Whittington (2000).
The 36th annual Ed Block Courage Award dinner is schedule during March in Baltimore. Proceeds from the affair benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s objective is to establish homes for abused children in each NFL city. Indianapolis established an Ed Block Courage home (Children’s Bureau) in October of 2000. The home is part of a national support network for abused children.
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Week Eight means a bye week for the Colts as the news does not come close to rivaling that of last week. Today’s news look at Chuck Pagano giving the players the week off and the play of Vontae Davis.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 23rd.
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Before Chuck Pagano broke down the post locker room huddle Sunday night, he gave the players something they all wanted to hear—you have the week off.
“They earned it,” Pagano said. “What they’ve done to this point, they earned the extra time off. We got a great group, we got great leaders and I trust everyone will take care of themselves and do the right things and get away and have time to recharge, take care of their bodies, get healthy, be with family and reconnect with whoever they need to reconnect with.”
There were some players at the team’s facility on Monday, with most of them making the necessary arrangements to get out of town for the week. Receiver T.Y. Hilton said he was leaving “ASAP” to head down to Florida. Cornerback Vontae Davis plans to head to a tropical island.
Despite all the injuries they’ve dealt with — five players out for the season — the Colts are 5-2 and have a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South.
Indianapolis will return to the practice field on Oct. 28 in preparation for its game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 3.
“Guys know if they don’t handle the privilege of having these days off, you’re not answering to coaches or the GM, you’re answering to Robert Mathis, you’re answering to Cory Redding,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “That’s scary. I think maybe we’re young in certain areas, but not an immature team. Guys know what’s at stake and I don’t see anybody using this in a bad way.”
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Vontae Davis played one of the finest games a corner can play against Peyton Manning which is just another indication of the progress he has made since coming to Indianapolis.
There was a time when Davis was unsure where this whole Indianapolis experience would take him. Turns out, it took him to the top.
“It’s life. You have to make the best of your opportunities,” he said. “I feel like God blessed me with this opportunity to come here on a young team. I’m still young in my career. Now this is a chance to do some good things in Indy. I think the sky is the limit. I’m just scratching the surface.”
The best thing Davis has done is respond to coaching. He’s always seen himself as the traditional shutdown cornerback, the guy who can shadow top receivers step for step. But there’s another progression in the process of becoming great, as secondary coach Mike Gillhamer so often reminds him.
“Vontae sees himself that way (as a cover corner) but we try to get across that he’s got to be a complete corner,” Gillhamer said. “He’s got to do all the things. Since he’s gotten here, we’ve really worked on his technique. A lot of times, I think what’s happened in Vontae’s past is, when things go bad, you revert back to old habits. So, you need something you can go back to when things go bad. That’s what we’ve gotten across to him. And he’s responded really well.”
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Intro: Indianapolis earned another lopsided road win at Jacksonville, 37-3. The defense set the tone early and the offense responded over the final 45 minutes. After winning 27-7 at San Francisco a week earlier, the Colts now have consecutive road wins by 20-point margins for the first time since 2009.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won their first divisional game of the season at Jacksonville Sunday, 37-3.
It was a dominant performance defensively for 60 minutes, and the offense found its rhythm after the first quarter.
Chuck Pagano talks about, “60 Minutes, All You Got,” and he got it on Sunday. This team is responding and growing together and at the quarter pole of the season is 3-1. Having winning “quarters” of the season is a solid approach. Doing so almost ensures playing beyond 16 games, as does winning in the AFC South.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ROAD WARRIORS – Good teams win on the road. While it may be too early to proclaim this a good team with 12 contests remaining, the earmarks are evident and if the players follow the “process,” this could be a very fun season to watch unfold. The Colts outscored San Francisco and Jacksonville 64-10, doing so on their home turfs. Indianapolis now is 6-2 in its last eight road games, a good record for any NFL team. While everyone loves the Lucas Oil Stadium feeling, the vibe on the road is a good one, too. These were very solid responses after the NFL’s scheduling elves provided the Colts two home games to start the year.
PAGANO PEDIGREE – Chuck Pagano stated he wanted a defensive presence in Indianapolis when he arrived. It appears four games into the season the time has arrived indeed. The Colts fashioned five three-and-outs at San Francisco and dominated the second half. Sunday at Jacksonville, the defense frolicked. Five straight three-and-outs in the second and third quarters were outstanding – 18 net yards gained, five punts. The possession preceding that stretch ended with Indianapolis returning an interception for a touchdown, and the one after it ended with a red-zone stop after a first-and-goal at the two. The possession after that defensive stand saw Indianapolis swipe its third pass of the game. Well done, guys, very well done. After the win at San Francisco, Jim Irsay said the performance was glimpse of the intended future. Part of his words related to defensive play. Yesterday at Jacksonville, the defensive pedigree was in living color.
WHATEVER IT TAKES – Pep Hamilton has said before he is not interested in numerical balance as much as he is with the ability to do what is needed. In the first half at Jacksonville, the Colts threw on 17-of-21 first-down plays, and one of the rushes was a nine-yarder by Andrew Luck when he extinguished his progressions. Sometimes that is how it is going to go, according to Coby Fleener. After running 12 more times than passing at San Francisco, there were 41 pass calls and 29 rushes. Imbalance? No. Just doing what needed doing. By the way, those 29 rushes produced 154 yards.
AYE, MATES – The Colts pirated three Jacksonville passes Sunday. Vontae Davis was a big part of the process. Darius Butler, after having three takeaways last year in Jacksonville, had another one yesterday and took his interception back for a score – his second consecutive such outing at EverBank Field. Josh Gordy joined Davis and Butler with interceptions. It was the first time since 2008 the Colts have had three defensive backs swipe passes in the same game. From 2008-11, Baltimore under Pagano had 82 interceptions (second in the NFL), returned 11 for scores (tied for second in the NFL) and yielded a 69.6 opponent passer rating (first in the NFL). Again, pedigree. Is a tide turning in Indianapolis?
DEFENDING THE BLADES – Cory Redding talked in 2012 about defending every blade of grass in the running game. With more pieces added to the mix now, the Colts held Maurice Jones-Drew to 23 yards and a 1.8 average. In the last seven quarters, the Colts have allowed only nine, 10, three, 12, 18, seven and three yards for a 2.0 average. Neither the 49ers nor Jaguars found the end zone over that span. Holding Jacksonville without a rushing first down was a first for the Colts since 2009. It marked only the sixth such performance in the franchise’s 61 seasons and but the third time it has been accomplished in the Indianapolis era. Pedigree?
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The Colts will wrap up their practice schedule this week on Friday in preparation for this weekend’s match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here’s a look at today’s news with Chuck Pagano’s one-year anniversary of being diagnosed with leukemia, the task of stopping Maurice Jones-Drew and Jerrell Freeman’s pass rushing.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 27th.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
The one-year anniversary of Pagano being diagnosed with leukemia took place earlier this week and Kravitz looks at the head coach’s perspective on life.
Every day now is a gift.
Has been since Dr. Larry Cripe of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center declared he was in remission.
“I was talking to my wife (Tina on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning), and we were saying, it almost seems surreal that it’s been a year,’’ Pagano said. “Just the way things are going, how good I feel, I feel like it almost never happened. It’s crazy. It went so fast. Now, those first couple of months, it didn’t go fast when we were going through it (chemotherapy), but now it’s like it happened to somebody else.
“I know it’s always going to be there, but I feel so lucky, very lucky.’’
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Colts fans know all too well what Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew can do to an opposing defense.
The Colts defense is MJD’s opposition this week.
“He’s built like a fire hydrant, runs like a shorebird,” he said. “Tree trunks for legs. Never stops churning. Powerful, powerful guy.”
Jones-Drew is 5-7, 210 pounds. He routinely has his way with the Colts’ defense. In 13 appearances, he’s averaged 106.8 yards per game and 5.4 yards per attempt. Eight of his 24 career 100-yard games have come against the Colts, including 177- and 169- and 166-yard outings.
DE Cory Redding has the sure-fire remedy for containing Jones-Drew.
“One guy get there, hit him high, slide down to the ankle and hold on until the other 10 guys get there. That’s how you stop him,” he said.
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
No inside linebacker in the NFL has more sacks in 2013 than Jerrell Freeman.
Last year, Freeman was one of the top tacklers in the NFL and now he has added a pass rushing element to his game.
“He’s a good athlete,” coach Chuck Pagano said about Freeman. “He studies the game, he works hard, he can run. He’s got intangibles. The guy’s got instincts. Again, he knows what’s coming before it comes.”
Getting strip-sacks has been a staple of Freeman’s already this season. He had one against Miami’s Ryan Tannehill in Week 2. Then he had one in the in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Freeman sacked and stripped the ball from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco’s 8-yard line. The Colts scored three plays later to take a 27-7 lead.
“It’s just making the most of an opportunity,” Freeman said. “Guys up front, my linebackers blitzing in and doing their thing. They’re doing all that work, the least I can do is make a play when I get the opportunity. It’s just the opportunity presented itself and I’m making the play.”
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It was back to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon for the Colts. Today’s news look at the stout Colts defense, the can’t overlook attitude of the Colts and the play of the team’s offensive tackles.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, September 26th.
By: Michael Marot, Associated Press
Sunday’s defensive blueprint could not have been better scripted for success.
Now the challenge becomes turning that in week-in-and-week-out.
Cory Redding finally got a chance Wednesday to start talking about the Colts defense on his terms.
Aggressive. Physical. Dominant.
Over the past decade or two, those three words have largely been missing from Indianapolis’ defensive lexicon. After last weekend’s impressive breakout performance at San Francisco, they become trendy descriptions.
Now the Colts (2-1) just have to prove they can keep playing this way, week after week.
“That’s what we always try to do,” Redding said. “It ain’t playing bad one week and good the next or good one week and bad the next. You want to play good football every week.”
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
0-3 or 3-0, the Colts are treating the Jacksonville Jaguars like they would any other opponent this week.
“It’s a big week for us,” Pagano said. “We know what our ultimate goal is and the easiest way to get into the (playoffs) is to win the division. So our guys understand the importance of this game and this week.”
The Colts are tied with Houston and Tennessee atop the AFC South with a 2-1 record.
The Colts were in a similar situation last season. They came from behind to beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 only to turn to get blown out by the New York Jets the following week. Quarterback Mark Sanchez only threw for 82 yards, but running back Shonn Greene ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns in New York’s 35-9 win.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
It’s a topic that isn’t receiving a ton of attention but Chappell looks at the success of the Colts two tackles, both who figure to be key cogs for a long time.
Exhibit A: Gosder’s work against Miami defensive end Cameron Wake. One of the NFL’s most disruptive pass-rush threats was a non-factor in the Dolphins’ 24-20 win earlier this month. Wake’s line on the stat sheet: 0 sacks, one tackle. He entered the game with 45 1/2 sacks in 63 career games, including 2 1/2 the previous week against Cleveland.
Exhibit B: Castonzo’s work against San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith in Sunday’s 27-7 Colts’ win. Smith brought a daunting resume with him to Candlestick Park – 37 career sacks, including 19 1/5 last season – and was virtually neutralized by Castonzo. Smith had five tackles, but zero sacks and wasn’t credited with any pressures.
That’s what top tackles are supposed to do.
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Here’s a look at some post game quotes from the Colts locker room following Sunday’s 27-7 road victory.
Chuck Pagano on the Colts ability to be 6-0 in games following losses over the last two seasons:
“We hold a streak and we kept the streak alive. Not one time did we lose back-to-back games a year ago. To find a way after a disappointing loss at home, to travel as far as we traveled and beat a quality opponent like we beat today, it just speaks volumes about our guys and the character of our players. Again, it’s only Week 3. Our guys understand that, our coaches understand that. We have another challenge, another ball game coming up. We have the 24-hour rule in effect. We will savor this one. The plane ride home will be fabulous and then we’ll go back to work on Wednesday and get ready for Jacksonville.”
Trent Richardson on how he felt in his first game with the Colts:
“At first, everything was going fast, but the game did slow down. I hit the playbook real hard and got to studying. I knew the game was going to come to me and I just had to let the game come to me. Also Andrew Luck is a genius and Ahmad Bradshaw helped me out. All the guys on the offense helped me out and they were encouraging. They want to be great and I know why I am here. I am here for the long run and I am not going anywhere. We are going to be a great team.”
Anthony Castonzo on why the offensive line was able to be so successful on Sunday with three starters all in different spots in the interior of the unit.
“We were on the same page. [C] Mike [McGlynn] did a great job today. He kept us on the same page and [G] Hugh [Thornton] does a great job of keeping communication going. He’s very alert about what’s going on. Everybody did a good job of staying on the same page and it worked for us.”
Ricky Jean Francois on the Colts rushing attack and the defense able to control the line of scrimmage:
“A lot of people didn’t believe we were physical. A lot of people thought we were just finesse. But we can do both and when you have both, that’s a dangerous weapon to have. We want to show the Porterhouse steak and the meat and potatoes with the gravy on it.”
Cory Redding on Sunday’s victory and the importance moving forward:
“This is a good test for us this season. We have plenty more big tests ahead of us. For us to fly less than 24 hours ago, to come into a hostile environment, to play a team that went to the Super Bowl last year, to fight these boys back and forth, make plays and come out on top with a victory like this when nobody in the country gave us a chance, it was just a big test for us. And we’re so proud of what we did. The only people that believed in us were the city of Indianapolis and everyone in this locker room. Nobody in the world gave us a chance. If you just play every single weekend, you’ve got an opportunity to win a game.”
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The Colts will embark on their final day of practice this morning in preparation for the regular season opener on Sunday. Today’s news looks at Cory Redding away from football, the return of Anthony Castonzo and Andrew Luck’s low profile.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 6th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder’s Q and A with Cory Redding covers a variety of topics.
Redding answers questions on high school football in Texas, his charitable organizations, what type of music he listens to and his favorite television shows.
By: Stephen Holder and Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The man who is in charge of protecting the blindside of Andrew Luck returned to practice on Thursday afternoon.
With Castonzo returning to the lineup, it looks like the Colts will have their starting offensive line in tact to start the season.
“It all starts up front,” offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said Thursday. “Our offensive line has consistently gotten better since the start of camp. We expect that we’re going to be able to come out and control the line of scrimmage. That’s our ultimate goal.”
By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star
Keefer’s feature on Luck looks at the signal caller away from the gridiron and the low profile he has kept after on year in the NFL.
“I try not to get too wound up in the commercial side of things,” Luck says. “And I wanted to be sure with anything I did … could I put my whole heart in it?”
Luck was busy, after all; the extracurriculars were simply bumped down the list. He finished his degree at Stanford, moved into a downtown Indianapolis apartment and dove into his new playbook. Football came first. The rest waited its turn.
“A big part of me wanted to make sure: If you can handle things on the football field, the opportunities will come,” Luck said.
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