Posted February 02, 2012

Andrew Luck: ‘You Don’t Ever Replace Peyton Manning’

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Presumptive No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck says he’s ready to play in the NFL, but he also admits that he doesn’t feel comfortable with the idea of “replacing” the legendary Peyton Manning.

“You don’t ever replace someone like Peyton Manning,” Luck told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “He is the best. From what I understand, he means so much to this city. Not just for the football stuff, but what he’s done off the field. Obviously he’s a great guy from a great family. You don’t ever replace guys like that.”

Luck is indeed likely to replace Manning, though — the Colts “earned” the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft with a 2-14 season, and owner Jim Irsay has said that the team plans to select a quarterback. That probably means Luck, who’s been billed as the top QB in this draft class ahead of Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.

Manning is still rehabilitating from the Sept. 8 neck surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season. He is due a $28 million option bonus March 8, leaving the Colts with a quick decision to make about their quarterback’s future.