When the Colts released Peyton Manning so they could hand the reigns over to Andrew Luck, they knew they had one for the ages.
If you ask those around Colts management how they feel after Saturday’s miraculous come from behind victory over the Chiefs, you’ll be surprised by who he’s now being compared to.
Albert Breer of NFL Network spoke to Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano after Luck’s miracle comeback, and they decided to compare him to the greatest ever in the NBA history.
“He’s always been a different animal in the fourth quarter, his whole life,” said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who was a rookie in his position, like Luck was, in 2012. “And just even hearing the story from his uncle (and agent) Will (Wilson). He relishes those moments. It’s like (Michael) Jordan when he’d take that last shot — he wants the ball. This guy, we’re so blessed, he wants the ball in those situations. Other guys don’t want the ball; they want to hand it off. They don’t really want it — they’re gonna be half-stepping it.
“This kid is gonna rear back and throw a bomb when he has all the pressure on him. And that’s a thing of beauty. You’re born with that.”
Regardless of the comparison, the Colts feel like they have an all time great on their hands.
“There’s been some great ones,” Pagano said, still smiling in disbelief. “But ( Andrew Luck is) gonna go down as probably one of the best, if not the best, ever to play this game when everything is all said and done. We’re very, very fortunate to have No. 12 on our side.”