Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on this week's Sports Illustrated cover
But could Luck be the best quarterback in the NFL this soon? He seems to not even entertain giving an answer.
"I've always found it funny when people ask, 'Are you a top five QB? Are you elite?' As a player, who cares?" Luck says. "It's so hard to measure who's better, who's worse, because every team is different. Football is a team sport. You have to be the best for your team. Good luck proving who the best is."
Luck's numbers in his brief career don't jump out at the casual observer: 81.5 passer rating, 46 touchdowns, 27 interceptions and a 57 percent completion percentage. But what he does have is toughness, as evidenced by the 109 hits (including 32 sacks) he took last season and the flare for the dramatic inherent in his eight fourth-quarter comebacks.
"He's got that sixth sense," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's very, very strong and he's a much better athlete than people give him credit for."