Andrew Luck follows in footsteps of Mannings

Andre the Giant called, Andrew, he wants his voice back.

The irony behind No. 1 pick Andrew Luck is that his journey to the NFL closely mirrors the pedigree of Peyton Manning, the quarterback he will replace in Indianapolis.

Andrew, the son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, was seemingly bred to be an NFL signal caller.

Oliver Luck even backed up Archie Manning when the two were on the Houston Oilers in the early 1980s.

“I guess it’s interesting,” Andrew Luck said at last month’s Maxwell Awards in Atlantic City. “I have had a chance to know the Manning family and they are great, unbelievable people.”

Luck’s skill set makes him as attractive a top pick since, well, Peyton Manning was taken No. 1 overall in 1998.

Perhaps that should be no surprise since Luck had the opportunity to attend the famed Manning Passing Camp prior to high school.

“As an eighth grader I was a camper, and the past two summers I was a counselor,” he said. “It was a great experience.”

“The Mannings do such a great job of letting college quarterbacks get together and coach these kids and sort of congregate as a fraternity of quarterbacks, per se. It’s a great experience. They’re the nicest family.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


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