Everyone has known that Andrew Luck was going to be the first pick in the draft since he decided to stay in school for another year last offseason. The only question on anyone’s mind was which team was going to get him in the draft. Well, as in turns out, the Indianapolis Colts had the worst regular season in the NFL and had the opportunity to take Andrew Luck as their next franchise quarterback. It looks like Andrew Luck could have a familiar roommate in Indianapolis as the Colts went on to take tight end Coby Fleener with their second round pick. Fleener was Luck’s number one target last year for Stanford and was his best friend off the field. Maybe the two can save some money on movers by packing their things up together and moving out to Indianapolis.
Every NFL rookie has a lot of new experiences in store when they enter the NFL. One of the most overlooked aspects of being a rookie is that it is usually their first time living out on their own. The NFL has even gone so far as to set up seminars and classes to help these budding stars adjust to their new lives as professional football players. They can give the player’s all the tools that they want but the fact is that a lot of it depends on what city the players live in. A rookie living in New York City is going to have a vastly different experience than a rookie like Andrew Luck that is living in Indianapolis. Here are some things that Luck and his fellow rookies can do to make their time in Indianapolis go much smoother.
· Win the fans over – Peyton Manning is the perfect example of how to win the fans over in Indianapolis. No football player has ever captivated the city’s residents in the way that Manning did. His self-effacing sense of humor and blue-collar work ethic really struck a chord with the down to earth people in the area. Luck and crew should be sure not to act like too much of a star. Winning a Super Bowl wouldn’t hurt.
· Go to local events – There are not a lot of celebrities living in Indianapolis. Andrew Luck can really build a bond with the community during a season where he will inevitably have some on the field struggles by doing some local charity work or attending other local events like the State Fair or Pacers games. Being accessible to the people around Indiana will really help Luck build a positive image for Luck in his inaugural season as the team’s starting quarterback.
Luck and Fleener have the advantage of having a close friend with them as they adjust to life in a new city with a new team. If only everyone were so lucky when they got out of college. They should understand that since they are now Midwesterners they will have a different experience than some of their other rookie friends that are living in bigger market cities. If they want to win over the people of Indianapolis it would be wise to follow the example that Peyton Manning left for them.