Andrew Luck Heads Back to Stanford: Is It the Right Move?

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIJanuary 6, 2011

Andrew Luck is returning to Stanford for 2011
Andrew Luck is returning to Stanford for 2011Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images has just released an article saying that Stanford star QB Andrew Luck will go back to school for his senior season. Luck was ranked as the No. 1 QB on almost everyone's draft board if he was to come out of school early.

For most teams, he was probably No. 1 on their draft boards. Carolina was suspected to take Luck with the first pick in this year's draft. Carolina said they were interested in the Junior from Houston, Texas.

"'I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012," Luck said in a statement.

Good for Luck. Luck could have entered the draft this year and would have been the hands down No. 1 pick. He could have gotten a contract at least the size of what Sam Bradford got, which was $78 million. He could have started right away on a team that is desperate for a piece to build a team around.

However, Luck made the decision that most would call the wrong one. Why risk your No. 1 draft status to play another year of meaningless college football? Why not go to the NFL and get $40 million in guaranteed money?

I see it differently. Andrew Luck is "true old school," as his dad said. He wants to finish out his college experience and get his degree in architectural design. Props to a man who wants to go back to school and is not interested in the money and the fame and fortune that goes with the NFL life.

Rarely do we see this type of move nowadays. Andrew Luck will go back for his redshirt junior season and try to take Stanford to a BCS championship.

Luck will also be the front runner for the Heisman Trophy, assuming Cam Newton leaves Auburn. Luck will still most likely be the No. 1 pick in next year's draft anyways. He is a rare talent and will certainly have a good NFL career.

The other end to this story is Washington QB Jake Locker. He was in Andrew Luck's position last year and him being the No. 1 pick out of the college was a sure bet. However, he stayed in school and had a sub-par year and is now ranked as a top-10 QB. Locker lost millions of dollars by going back to school and it proved to be the wrong decision, at least money-wise.

Maybe this is not all about the money for these kids. They want to play football, play with their friends they've been together for years and have fun. The NFL will come eventually for these kids and the money will also come.

Even if Andrew Luck falls a bit in the draft next year, it will still be a good decision. He will come out with a degree at prestigious Stanford University. For making this decision, Luck has become a role model for kids and for future students who will have to make this decision in their lives.