Luck grew up watching and cheering for Manning, and he still sounds like a big fan.
“He is a great role model for guys my age growing up, younger guys, just how to play the position, how to handle yourself on and off the field,” Luck said. “I’ve always had the highest respect of him. My dad (Oliver) backed Archie (Manning) up my dad’s rookie year (with the Houston Oilers). We always really enjoyed watching all the Mannings play. I definitely hold him in the highest respect.”
Among the least repeated comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay this week was his assertion that Manning told him to draft Luck when the two were discussing Manning’s future early last year.
The Broncos quarterback didn’t confirm or deny that talk this week, but he made his high opinion of Luck clear. And even he couldn’t avoid making a few comparisons.
“He’s a heck of a quarterback,” Manning said. “He played early as a rookie, which is always a challenge, but something I’ve always believed made a big impact on me and playing as a rookie. I know Eli said the same thing. He sure did have a great first season and certainly used that first season to his advantage, and he’s off to a heck of a start this year.”