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Andrew Luck: The NFLís Most Perplexing Trash Talker
Wall Street Journal ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kevin Clark

Posted on 12/16/2014 8:28:22 AM PST by C19fan

Andrew Luck’s legend is growing.

Sure, there’s buzz about how he has thrown for more yards in his first three seasons than anyone in NFL history. Or the fact he’s led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in each of his NFL seasons, after clinching a spot this year with Sunday’s win. But among NFL players, the gossip around Luck concerns a peculiar brand of on-field chatter so confusing and brilliant that no one knows quite what to make of it.

“In all the years I’ve played football I have never heard anything like it,” said Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. “Nothing even close.”

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: andrewluck; football; luck; nfl
Looks like his dad, former NFLer, taught his son well to respect the game and his opponents.
1 posted on 12/16/2014 8:28:22 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Reverse psychology...


2 posted on 12/16/2014 8:33:00 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks ( Laughter is the best medicine, unless you have diarrhea.)
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To: C19fan

now i like him even more...


3 posted on 12/16/2014 8:35:52 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: C19fan

I was so hoping the Panthers would skip Newton and wait for the following year to go after Luck.
But Nooooo!


4 posted on 12/16/2014 8:37:03 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Syncro

ping


5 posted on 12/16/2014 8:37:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: C19fan

Here in Indy this doesn’t surprise anyone. Luck gets a lot of TV attention here locally and he’s truely a humble, respectful, nice guy. It’s for real, not just head games. That’s who he is. And it will pay off big time later in his career. I saw if with Favre. The respect he engenders among his defensive opponants will result in a lot of guys pulling up and settling for just a sack rather than taking his head off in the process.


6 posted on 12/16/2014 8:40:27 AM PST by circlecity
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To: C19fan

If soldiers in war can, often but not always, respect their foes and treat them as fellow soldiers when in a POW situation, then certainly athletes should be able to do the same.


7 posted on 12/16/2014 8:42:50 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Sort of surprised other NFL QBs do not do the same thing. Getting hit is part of the game and if an opponent makes a good clean play there is honor in acknowledging that.


8 posted on 12/16/2014 8:45:37 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

It’s called “good sportsmanship”. Pity it’s so rare in pro ball these days.


9 posted on 12/16/2014 8:48:05 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: C19fan
In stoicism there is a concept of taking insults well. Basically, if there is truth in the insult(no matter how harsh) then you should be thankful for the person who said it because they revealed a truth to you that you can use to improve yourself. On the other hand, if the insult is false you should feel sympathy for the other persons lack of perception and self control. In neither case should you be upset. Takes a lot of self discipline to operate that way.

Sounds like Luck is practicing something like that.

10 posted on 12/16/2014 8:48:29 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

The defense could do the same if they wanted to. Great pass Andrew! Great handoff! Great scrambling! etc etc


11 posted on 12/16/2014 8:51:00 AM PST by xp38
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To: C19fan

Luck is a stud and barring injury he will be a Superbowl winner one day - Hall of Fame, too. I pull for the Colts as long as they aren’t playing the Seahawks.


12 posted on 12/16/2014 8:55:20 AM PST by dainbramaged (Get out of my country now)
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To: C19fan

About a week ago I saw a “mic’d” film of Luck. His comments to the defense after a hit indeed seem genuine. He appreciates the game, the opponent and it is all honest.
I think quite highly of him now.

Another segment last year was about Richard Sherman of the Seahawks and his trash-talking ethos. How he gets into the heads of opponents by bringing up their families.

He was then asked how he approaches specific players, to which he mentioned family members by name.
The key point was when he was asked about Larry Fitzgerald. His reply was something like “Man, I can’t trash-talk him. he’s too nice a guy and too hard a player”
Says a lot about another guy who has earned a ton of respect by being a positive person on and off the field.


13 posted on 12/16/2014 9:05:19 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: DoodleDawg

That’s because in modern era NFL any good sportsmanship is completely up to the individual, there isn’t any element of self policing from other players. Thus fruity celebration prancing and chest slapping displays over even routine plays. The cool players couldn’t police them even if they wanted to, there’s a million camera angles and instant replay and modern officiating and each game means so much to the successful season.

Freegards


14 posted on 12/16/2014 9:06:13 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: C19fan

I’ll listen for that Sunday. He should get a chance or Two...


15 posted on 12/16/2014 9:58:45 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: C19fan

Luck is amazing player.


16 posted on 12/16/2014 10:03:06 AM PST by StoneWall Brigade (Daniel 2 Daniel 7 Revelation 13)
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To: C19fan

Read a year or two ago that he still carries an old flip phone. Teammates rag him about his uncool cell phone.


17 posted on 12/16/2014 10:56:25 AM PST by Will88
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To: SparkyBass

If I was a marketing exec, I’d see a commercial in the works with Andrew Luck and Richard Sherman. If done right, it would be a hoot.


18 posted on 12/16/2014 10:57:53 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: C19fan

I think he’s great!


19 posted on 12/16/2014 10:58:26 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: C19fan

I’m not a Colts fan but I love watching Luck play football. He is a real competitive person who has great skills and a great mind. This story makes me like him even more.


20 posted on 12/16/2014 12:01:06 PM PST by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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