Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck on the Cover of This Week’s Sports Illustrated

Buoyed by a precocious rookie quarterback and inspired by their coach’s courageous battle, the Colts have turned themselves into contenders in the unlikeliest story of the NFL season. That precocious rookie QB, Andrew Luck, lands on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. This is the second time Luck has appeared on the cover, the first being a regional edition of the August 16, 2011 college football preview, and the first time a Colts player has appeared on the cover since Peyton Manning on November 16, 2009.

Indianapolis fans have transitioned quickly from the Peyton Manning era to rookie Luck, who recently tied Rams QB Sam Bradford for most wins (7) by a QB drafted No. 1 overall since 1970. A winning season has always been a goal for Colts players but head coach Chuck Pagano’s diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia wasn’t part of the plan. Since Pagano received the crushing news during their bye week in September, the Colts have gone 6-2. Peter King writes that it’s always dangerous to invoke Hollywood in a life-and-death story, but as interim coach Bruce Arians, Pagano’s close friend, says, “This whole story’s for Steven Spielberg. I can’t explain it (page 37)


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