|Bob Costas’ Halftime Essay on Andrew Luck, from NBC:|
On a night when the greatest name in early Colts history was surpassed by Drew Brees, following a day when the greatest name in recent Colts history fell short against Brady and the Pats, the quarterback the Colts hope will someday follow them into the Hall of Fame continued to serve notice that he may, in fact, be up to the task.
After a disastrous 2-14 season without Peyton Manning, the Colts parted ways with the four-time MVP and used their No. 1 pick in the Draft to cast their lot with Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
Today, down 21-3 against reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Luck, who plays with the poise and awareness of a veteran, threw for nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as he led his team back to a 30-27 win. It’s the largest deficit overcome by the Colts since Manning brought them back from 18 down in the AFC title game against New England in January of 2007 during Indy’s Super Bowl run.
So, this year’s Colts are now a modest 2-2, but those two victories match last year’s entire total. And but for a last minute 80-yard touchdown pass by Jacksonville two weeks ago, the Colts could very well be 3-1. And they’ve been competitive in every game since their opener against Chicago.
There is still a long road for Andrew Luck to travel before anyone will say that the Colts have the next Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning. But it does appear that Indianapolis might very well have lucked into one of the NFL’s next great stars.