Friday, April 27, 2012
Luck OK with rule that keeps him from Colts
By Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stanford’s academic quarter doesn’t end until June 7.
NFL rules say college players can’t bolt school to join their NFL team after they are drafted until their school is finished. So while Andrew Luck will return to Indianapolis for a rookie minicamp Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he will then disappear until June 8.
“The rule was made for a reason -- encouraging guys to finish up and stay in school,” Luck said during his introduction at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday evening. “Obviously in that situation I wish I could be out here starting with the guys tomorrow working out. But that’s the rule, I’m not going to complain about it.
"It’s the cards we were dealt, so put your best foot forward. I know it’s terribly cliché. But you’re going to find ways, within the rules, for learning your playbook, maybe to try to get together with the guys somehow outside the facility. It’ll be a bump in the road but it’ll have to be overcome.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would facilitate any creative get-togethers for Luck and his receivers with his plane or however possible.
Luck knew that Peyton Manning had traveled to Columbus to work with Anthony Gonzalez when the first-round receiver faced similar restraints.
“We’ll try to be very creative,” Luck said. “I got a couple texts from Reggie (Wayne) about trying to organize some things.”
Tight end Coby Fleener, the Colts' second-round pick, is a classmate and close friend of Luck’s. He said the two could work out together as soon as Saturday if Fleener makes it back to campus in time.