By John Boyle
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was on a conference call with the Seattle-area media today to talk about his team’s upcoming game against the Seahawks, and as expected he was asked about two of his former college teammates, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman.
Right off the bat, Luck joked that, “I was fortunate to get along with both of them very well.
On Baldwin, Luck said, “I remember in Doug’s last year Stanford really developing a good football rapport with him. I always admired his work ethic and obviously he’s got a lot of physical traits that go well with being an NFL player. I admired his work ethic and football smarts. I remember feeling really comfortable with Doug in his last year of throwing balls up there and saying, ‘Hey Doug, go make a play.’ He had a phenomenal senior year and it was fun for me to see that a be a small part of that.”
Asked if Baldwin, who teammates in Seattle like to call “Angry Doug Baldwin,” was angry back then, Luck said, “Doug plays with two chips on his shoulders.
Sherman apparently hasn’t changed much from college either, because Lucky said of the cornerback, “I remember Richard being obviously a vociferous guy, loud.”
Vociferous? Leave it to the Stanford guys to bust out the big vocabulary words.
Luck went on to say of Sherman, “Great football player. I always thought he was a great teammate in the locker room. When he was still on offense, I was always nervous as a freshman throwing the ball to Richard Sherman because he was so fast, he could run like the win, and you didn’t want him to outrun your arm and make you look like a bad quarterback. Then going to defense and how quickly he assimilated was very impressive.”
Asked if he was surprised how good of a cornerback Sherman has become so quickly after switching from receiver, Luck said, “No. I always knew he was a great athlete. Once he made that switch, I think he handled that switch very well, and well all knew that with time he would just keep getting better and better. He’s got such a good football IQ, and I think playing offense helped him in that whole transition. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. I’m sure he’s still tirelessly working to get better at his craft. He was always a very hard worker and I admired that about him.”