Before the season even began, the most talked about question in regard to Andrew Luck's future NFL career was if he would be able to meet certain standards. Those standards were set in Indianapolis as Peyton Manning was the field general for the Colts, showing for years why he is considered one of the best quarterbacks in league history.
Cue the downfall of the Manning era in Indy through injury, and bring in, Luck, their newest No. 1 draft pick. Hopes were set high for the former Stanford quarterback, as the comparisons were evident between the two.
- First off, they were both the first overall pick in their respective drafts. Both Luck (2012) and Manning (1998) went to the Colts.
- Both leaders of their college teams (Stanford/Tennessee), the quarterbacks were thought of as the best franchise player to give new life to a burnt-out team.
- They both had a touchdown pass on their first ever throw in the NFL during preseason.
- The same stature on the field through Week 9, both men have thrown for exactly the same number of yards (2,404) and they have both led their teams to the same record (5-3).
There is no discrediting Manning, as he still has double the touchdowns (20) that Andrew Luck has on the season (10). The Broncos quarterback also has less interceptions and a better quarterback rating.
But, the fans piling into Lucas Oil Stadium week after week have not been disappointed. On his way to leading the Colts to a 5-3 record, he has surpassed the stats put up by No. 18 more than a decade ago as he went through his own rookie campaign.
Given the seemingly symbiotic relationship between the two, it's easy to compare the beginning of one's career, to the other. Just know this, Andrew Luck is on pace to shatter Peyton Manning's rookie statistics. While Manning had 3,739 yards, Luck is on pace for well over 4,000 yards. Plus, the new QB in town can run. He already has three rushing touchdowns on the year where Manning had zero.
Peyton Manning was at one time the savior in Indianapolis. The two-time AFC champion as well as Super Bowl XLI champion and MVP had a great run. But he is onto new heights, where Andrew Luck's legacy has just begun. The Colts organization will never forget Manning, but their new man under-center is the one they are resting their future in now.