Andrew Luck decided to do the logical intelligent thing. That’s not surprising considering he did the same thing in 2011 when he decided to stay in school at Stanford and earn his Architectural Design degree rather than be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft after his junior season.
So with Saturday’s stunning news that he would be walking away from the NFL at age 29, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the would-be future Hall of Famer made this decision. Andrew Luck is not your typical jock and he never wanted to be or has been.
The son of an NFL quarterback like Peyton Manning, both quarterbacks with once in a generation skills football skills, Luck’s personality was the opposite of the legendary quarterback who he replaced in Indianapolis. Like Manning, he saw the business basically from the cradle up. But perhaps, Luck had a different take. He saw the dark side of a pro sports life and realized there was more to life than the aches and pains of professional football.
And yet as the news broke during the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason game in Indianapolis against the Bears Saturday night, he was booed off the field in Indianapolis by the hometown fans. Not booed entirely but enough knuckleheads in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium thought it fitting to boo a guy who is choosing his own health over football.
It’s a shame, but also indicative of the culture and the issues the National Football League is facing. The game is unsafe, it’s most prominent players at the most prominent positions are brutally beat up week after week, and it just doesn’t add up anymore.
Andrew Luck chose his own personal health and the future of his family over football and for that he should be applauded.
Travis Duncan is the editor of Digital Sports Daily, contact him at email@example.com
Jim Harbaugh, College Football’s best copy
I like Jim Harbaugh a lot. I call him Jimmy. I do not know him personally other than watching him lead a somewhat decent Indianapolis Colts team to the 1995 AFC Championship game. If Jim Harbaugh could take the Indianapolis Colts to an AFC Championship game, he can do anything in my mind.
He won at San Diego State, he won at Stanford. He won in the NFL but grew distasteful for the business side and tight control from ownership.
Harbaugh’s home is in the college ranks where he can spin the virtues of milk consumption to his student-athletes. He makes the U-M experience the Harbaugh experience, complete with the wisdom from pops former college football coach Jack Harbaugh.
Jim Harbaugh is not leaving Michigan anytime soon or by his own accord. But as sports in the 21st century goes, there are a few templates for debate and discussion that makes keeping up with the social media madness possible. One possible storyline that never dies, is “will the coach get fired?” This brings about endless amounts of fodder and copy and filled airtime for many a blog, website, twitter space, facebook page and podcast. By the way, Jim Harbaugh has a podcast called “Attack Each Day“.
Nothing makes a sports fan more connected and empowered than the proverbial let’s fire the coach tweet after a loss to a rival.
After Saturday’s loss to Ohio State, a reporter from a Toledo, Ohio TV station asked him what the deal was?
Actually, his exact question to Harbaugh went as follows:
“Is it a talent gap, is it a preparation gap, is it a coaching gap, what is the biggest difference between you and Ohio State at this point?”
Harbaugh replied, “I’ll answer your questions, not your insults.”
The fiery head coach. We love it. Harbaugh couldn’t get away with that in the pros-unless he reached Belecheckian levels of Super Bowl success.
The reporter was credentialed by the Michigan Athletic Department, which is not quite as surprising as finding out that Toledo is UM country, not Buckeye territory in the state of Ohio.
By the way, he got a follow-up question and Harbaugh basically said Ohio State is very good.
The reporter got it right when he said a talent gap. Ohio State is an NFL factory. Every starter seems to goes to the NFL. And a ton of Ohio State players are drafted high. In 2019, two first-rounders Nick Bosa and Dwyane Haskins.
Michigan has had a decent year. 9-3 overall with three losses, all coming in the Big Ten to ranked opponents Wisconsin, Penn State and now Ohio State.
Jim Harbaugh can coach. His mere presence keeps the pot stirring and the wheels turning on the college football machine.
Urban Meyer would make a lot of sense at USC
Gene Smith the current Ohio State Atheltic Director is on the list as a potential candidate at Southern California according to Dan Patrick on his radio show Friday. Which, as Patrick speculated, would immediately bring into play Smith’s former football coach the current FOX College Football analyst Urban Meyer.
As far as a return to coaching, most recently Meyer has said he’s not there right now but that his feelings could change in a year or two. Which could easily be interpreted as saying, if the right job came along he would be interested.
Meyer in Los Angeles, the pressure is there baby, but then again it’s not. It’s not concentrated as it is is in central Florida or central Ohio where the economy, the focus, the air breathes and dies with Gator and Buckeye football. Make no mistake about it, USC football is not UCLA football, it’s not a mere sideshow in La La land, but it’s not the same microscope.
Meyer could win at USC.
But here’s why it won’t happen.
Meyer’s stress level as a football analyst is next to nill. He’s got a big barrier between him and his enemies-it’s called a TV network which simply doesn’t care. Public universities are held to different standards then entertainment organizations. Urban can and will have a comfortable life as a college football analyst.
Urban Meyer is not a stranger to the west, having led Utah football to heights unknown before his Florida gig. Recruiting is his specialty.
Urban could rock USC, but it probably won’t happen.
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Steve Spurrier will host his own local sports radio show in Gainesville, Florida on the U of F owned ESPN radio affiliate WRUF, according to Barrett Sports Media.
Here’s to the Ol’ Ball coach sharing his wisdom for the Gator faithful.
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The NFL’s Thursday Night Kickoff Game between the Bears and the Packers on NBC doubled its TV ratings from one year ago, per Deadline.
Sunday Night Football between the Patriots and the Steelers saw a slight increase in ratings from 2018. According to Sports TV Ratings on Twitter, NBC drew a 14.8 rating Sunday night compared to 14.4 in 2018.
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