Colts GM Ryan Grigson compares Andrew Luck to Michael Jordan

Andrew Luck is a one of a kind quarterback. In order to get him, the Colts had to release a first ballot Hall of Famer. That should help paint a picture of the kind of player people in the NFL think Luck could be. And he has started to live up to the hype.

Following the Colts miraculous 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Albert Breer sat down with Colt’s coach Chuck Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson. They had some high praise for luck. Here’s what they had to say:
Pagano: “There’s been some great ones. But [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.”

Grigson: “He’s always been a different animal in the fourth quarter, his whole life. And just even hearing the story from his uncle [and agent, Will Wilson]. He relishes those moments. It’s like 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.”

While Luck is certainly an immensely talented quarterback, he is in his second year. And this is the first playoff game he has ever won. And he threw three picks and made some pretty bad mistakes during the game. Let’s slow down a little bit before we start calling him the greatest to ever play and comparing him to the greatest clutch athlete in the history of sports.
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I’m a big fan of the Smiling Amish but he still has to put in a few more seasons before all this talk can be thrown around. He’s off to a great start, and if in the next four years he continues to play at this level and wins a Super Bowl, then you’ll find me sculpting Lucks bust for Canton. But till then, lets not add more pressure to the kid. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Also, all of this will come crashing down in a week as Luck and the Colts will get a front row demonstration of what a true Hall of Fame, Greatest of all Time looks like as Brady carries the Pats to the Championship game.

- Pete Rogers