Why can't people accept Andrew Luck as nice guy?
By MARQUEL INGRAM
College Contributor Network
In recent days, many fans and sports aficionados of the National Football League have placed the Colts' uber-talented quarterback Andrew Luck under the biggest of microscopes.
He currently leads the league with 38 touchdowns, his team currently sports a 10-4 record and his squad now sits as the third seed in the American Football Conference with two weeks until the playoffs commence.
While having an MVP-caliber season, Luck is also staring at inauspicious statistics that reveal he is second in turnovers -- six fumbles lost with 14 picks -- for the second time in his three-year career (he also finished second in turnovers in his rookie season), while falling out of the top 10 in QBR in recent weeks.
But instead of focusing on the anatomy of the Stanford alumnus' play, people have evaluated Luck's ability to trash talk.
For the record, as it has been discussed in the sports world for the last several days, Luck does not poke fun of opponents or transform into a frustrated crybaby like other signal-callers when quarterback-thirsty defensive linemen and linebackers viciously bear down on him -- he applauds them.
According to Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal, current NFL players, including former teammates at Stanford, often have found or continue to find themselves in a state of bewilderment when Luck compliments opposing players for getting a good shot on him.
"Great job, Nolan!" Luck said to Eagles defensive back Nolan Carroll after getting blasted on a passing play. Caroll thought it was a teammate, when in fact it was the 6-foot-4, 235-pound franchise player doling out pleasantries.
In another occurrence, Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich was so befuddled he shouted back, "Thanks for...uh...accepting that hit?"
"You love it but at the same time, you really, really hate it," opined Connor Barwin, another member of the Eagles' defense.
Some have surmised and conjectured it's all part of some voodoo mind trick in which Luck congratulates in order to psychologically wear out the defense he's facing.
Makes sense, I guess, considering how insanely intelligent the 25-year-old pro is, not to mention his penchant for creating magic out of his pinky finger on the gridiron.
But I have a more complex, intricate explanation to all of this and it is a rarity: Andrew Luck is just a...nice guy!
OH. MY. GOD. How revealing!
If you just stop to watch his actions through the course of a game, besides all the nice comments, I guarantee you will acquiesce to Luck as a de facto great human being.
Each time the Colts' defense makes a mistake, who is the one to give each member of the unit a high-five?
Whenever the semi-porous offensive line allows a defender to get to Luck for a sack, who is the first to encourage them without any hesitation?
Each time a wide receiver drops a catch-able ball from the quarterback, who tells his player we'll get 'em next time?
I think you get it.
We often look at a nice person or gander at nice things and are always, without a second's trepidation, quick to dig in search of a bad quality in a person or thing.
Yeah, but what about the past? Okay, but what's the catch? That's good, but didn't she do that though?
Yes, we are taught to assume a level of skepticism by asking questions every day.
But trust me, Luck is as close to the perfect model citizen to any athlete or anybody you will come in contact with.
So while there are many things in this world to question, Andrew Luck being a nice guy isn't one of them.
Marquel Ingram is an aspiring sports writer from Rutgers University. He loves the Colts, Yankees and the Mavericks. Follow him on Twitter: @marquel_ingram