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Luck vs. Peyton
How does the rookie measure up?
Striking similarities and stark differences between these two Indianapolis Colts QBs.
College career passing yards
Andrew Luck: 9,430
Peyton Manning: 11, 201
When Luck won a Herbie Award from ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit in 2011, the QB put it in teammate James McGillicuddy’s locker. Others joined in the “punking,” telling McGillicuddy he had been honored for being “such a versatile player,” according to Stanford Magazine in 2011. McGillicuddy bought it “hook, line, and sinker.”
In 1994, when Manning was a freshman at Tennessee, then–offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe required QBs to arrive at meetings 10 minutes early. Manning did, Cutcliffe told ESPN, but his competition for the position, Branndon Stewart, was nowhere to be found. After an hour, Cutcliffe heard Stewart banging on the door—Manning had closed it as he came in, locking Stewart out.
See more Luck—in words and vintage photos—in our cover feature.
This article appeared in the September 2012 issue.