The Pro Football Writers of America have given another Colt an award for the 2018 season. This time, the award goes to the franchise quarterback.
Andrew Luck didn’t play at all last season. He had constant set backs from his shoulder surgery that he had the offseason before that. He was trying his hardest to make it back, but never did. The QB never saw a single snap of the season.
Oh how things have changed. Luck now has been named the Comeback Player of the Year by the Football Writers of America. Luck is the favorite to win it from the NFL as well once the NFL Awards show happens before the Super Bowl.
Luck put up career highs in several statistics this season, including passer rating and competition percentage. Early in the season, you could clearly see that he was struggling with rust. He wasn’t himself and wasn’t used to the speed of the game. But then he got more reps.
Those reps allowed him to transform the season. He helped lead the team to the playoffs after a 1-5 start. A big key to that was getting sacked less this year than at any point in his career. He was able to stay upright, and therefore stay healthy too.
Luck will point to this as a team award, knowing that what he has been able to do this season wouldn’t be possible without the help of his teammates. But he will also be quietly pleased with the progress he has made since last season. He will go into the offseason without any pain.
That pain is what has plagued him for the last three seasons. But no more. He hasn’t had that terrible pain, and now he is better than he was before the pain. The Colts can only hope they have yet to see the best version of Luck.