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James "JD" Davis @mrjdsir11

James “JD” Davis

Is it luck that CBS Sports put you in the same class as LeBron James and Bryce Harper?  Is it luck that you hold multiple sport and academic awards in college?  Is it luck you were the first player selected in the NFL Draft?  No. It’s natural talent, hard work, and a will to win.  The only luck involved is in his name. Yes, we’re talking about Andrew Luck.

Being the son of NFL quarterback Oliver Luck (Houston Oilers) gave Andrew a winning hand to start with.  He was recruited to Stanford by Jim Harbaugh, who has been known to get a lot out of average quarterbacks.  So imagine Harbaugh’s excitement at recruiting a winning lottery ticket like Luck.  At Stanford, Luck racked up a lot of hardware.  In my opinion, however, the most important award he grabbed is the CoSIDA Academic all-American.  In winning this award, Luck joined the likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and even Tim Tebow.  This award says that Luck has the cerebral ability to succeed in the NFL; a league that scratches off mentally weak players.

Everyone knew he would be the first pick in the draft.  He was so coveted that there were teams going “all in” even when they didn’t have a winning hand.  The Media called it “Suck for Luck” and teams openly participated in it.  The Colts ended up with the 1st pick and Luck finally “crapped out.”  Luck had to follow Peyton Manning, which we can all agree are some big shoes to fill.  So what does Luck do? Nothing…except make his first NFL pass a touchdown (Just like manning).

All that is good, but what really made me realize he is a Blackjack was one huge come from behind victory over the Green Bay Packers. Luck went toe to toe with the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and called his bluff for the win.  Luck showed he can be cool when the stakes get high, and that he doesn’t have a tell.

I am usually a hard sell on quarterbacks coming into the league. I’m a “don’t believe the hype” guy.  I always say, “Show me the baby; don’t tell me about the labor.”  Why?  Because guys come into the league, show some flash, and are done in five years or less (Jamarcuss Russell, Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf).  Either that, or they end up as career back ups (Matt Lienart, Charlie Batch, Derek Anderson).  However, every now and then a royal flush like Andre Luck grabs your attention.  I’m saying it here: there is a new Maverick in town.  Now he just has to form a posse to win the jackpot!

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Credited edit: Trent Austin