2014 Forty Under 40: Andrew Luck

Lou Harry
February 1, 2014
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
luck_andrew_1col.jpg (IBJ Photo/Aaron P. Bernstein)

College choice: “The combination of what I could get out of football there plus what it offered academically, socially and its networking possibilities made the decision not too hard,” said Luck on picking Stanford University. “If football didn’t work out, I like to think I could send a couple of emails and at least get some interviews.” He wasn’t even sure he’d make it into the pros. “Going in, honestly, it was never a thought. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I said, ‘OK, I’m good enough for this NFL thing to maybe happen.’”

Staying at Stanford: Luck could have been drafted without graduating. Instead, he opted for the degree. “Three years just felt too short. I wasn’t ready to leave.”

Cashing in: Unlike some other high-profile athletes, Luck didn’t overload his first NFL years with endorsement deals. “If I don’t drink Diet Coke, I won’t endorse Diet Coke … not that they would have me.”

Mentors/advisers: With a father who played in the NFL, Luck’s first response is obvious. “And my mom knows me very well,” he added. He also pointed to Will Wilson, his uncle, who is also his agent.

AGE 24
Hometown: Houston
Family: single

10 years from now: “I can’t think past tomorrow,” he said, before expressing some hopes: To still be a Colt. To win “a bunch of Super Bowls.”

Living abroad: Luck lived overseas until 2000. “It opened my eyes to different cultures,” he said. “I learned to respect how other people did things so that I’m not rooted in one way and think everything else is wrong. That’s not to say I don’t catch myself being ignorant. There’s still the travel bug in me.”

On putting himself out there: Football stardom includes media appearances. The media host Luck says he was most comfortable with: David Letterman. “Although I remember once I had to go on after Robin Williams. I thought, ‘Great. He’s a riot and the whole crowd is rolling and I’m going to be Debbie Downer.’”•


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.