Andrew Luck is one of the nice guys finishing first

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is proving that sometimes nice guys do not finish last. Luck is the centrepiece to the league’s top-ranked offence and has already led the Colts to a play-off berth.
Andrew Luck has made a reputation for himself not just as a good player but as a nice guy.   Scott Halleran / Getty Images
Andrew Luck has made a reputation for himself not just as a good player but as a nice guy. Scott Halleran / Getty Images
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is proving that sometimes nice guys do not finish last. Luck is the centrepiece to the league's top-ranked offence and has already led the Colts to a play-off berth.

In the process, the third-year quarterback has become known to dole out “nice play, buddy” and “good hit” kudos almost as often as he finds wide receivers open for touchdowns.

“In all the years I've played football I have never heard anything like it,” Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan told the Wall Street Journal.

“Nothing even close.”

Several players told the newspaper that, whether intentional or not, Luck's good-guy act has got in their heads. I'm like ‘what's going on? Aren't you supposed to be mad'?” Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Nolan Carroll said of the quarterback.

“So then I'm the one who gets ticked off because an upbeat attitude isn't something you see.”

Those who know Luck say his unfailing affability is not an act.

“His idea of trash talk is complimenting people,” said Washington linebacker Trent Murphy, who was also Luck's college teammate at Stanford University back in California.

In an uber-macho and ultra-competitive league such as the NFL, it can be a breath of fresh air when a player like Luck comes along and goes the extra yard by killing the opposition with kindness.

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Published: December 20, 2014 04:00 AM

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