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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Does architectural background help Luck?

By Paul Kuharsky

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Andrew Luck's sketch for a collectible company, done in May.
Andrew Luck’s got an architecture design degree from Stanford.

So it's hard not to wonder if his understanding of construction and building somehow helps him as a quarterback.

He laughed when I asked him.

“I don’t know, I really don’t, and I’ve been asked that question a lot,” he said. “I don’t want to be cheesy and corny and say that the angles and lines have something to do with it. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt football, but I have no clue if it helps.”

It’s certainly something we’ll be tempted to consider during his NFL career as we try to write his story as it unfolds.

The general manager who’s the architect of the team being built around Luck, Ryan Grigson, doesn't look at the specifics of Luck’s building background, just the fact he's awfully smart.

“The guy went to Stanford, he’s an architect, that kind of says it all,” Grigson said. “He’s no Regular Joe when it comes to aptitude. You see that and I think all the players were really kind of amazed with that from the outset, his ability to retain.

"What you heard from college from all his coaches was, I think, actually a little downplayed. I think he’s got an exceptional football mind and just walk-around intelligence. He’s very, very, very intelligent. But he’s also able to get on the level of anyone he’s talking to and resonate with them. He doesn’t come off like an overly intellectual person. He’s on the right wavelength with all of the players and he’s one of the guys. That’s truly what is so unique about him.

“What we’ve preached here from the get-go about trust, loyalty, respect and family and just about team, he does that naturally. He does not care to be the focal point, to be the center of attention. He just wants to win. He hates incompletions. He wants to complete every single pass.

“He’s been remarkable.”