By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
finally made the decision to part ways with
before the 2012 Draft for one of the greatest pro prospects in history, fans were left with mixed emotions.
’s rookie season helped ease the pain. Luck led the Colts to the playoffs last season following a 2-14 season of misery, made a Pro Bowl appearance and followed in the footsteps of Manning quite well. The latter was something that was never a concern. “I never approached it as filling his shoes,” Luck told FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Alex Marvez. “It’s probably an impossible task to fill Peyton Manning’s shoes. What he does at the quarterback position is phenomenal. So, I didn’t approach it as filling his shoes. I approached it as a chance to play football in the NFL and play quarterback for a great franchise and the quarterback before me happened to be one of the greatest ever, maybe the greatest ever. “Someday, hopefully, I can play for 15 years and someone will have to replace me at the quarterback position.”
Luck has all the makings of a franchise quarterback and has become a trendy pick to win the MVP this season. That will only be accomplished if Luck can limit his turnovers and execute offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s system as well as he did at the collegiate level. Hey, he might even take a page out of Manning’s book. “It’s not taboo in the locker room to talk about Peyton,” Luck said. “There’s a reason that they were so successful, so let’s try to duplicate some of those things by talking to
] or some of the linemen that have been around or coaches. So, it wasn’t an issue at all.”
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