This is an article from the Sept. 21, 2015 issue
DIALING IT UP
Already a familiar name in the NFL record book in just his fourth season, the Colts' 26-year-old QB continues to improve—you might say he has the number of more and more teams every year.
DAN PATRICK: When was the last time you were late for practice?
ANDREW LUCK: As a freshman [at Stanford]. I forgot to put my phone alarm off silent and I slept through a lift [session]. It's the worst feeling in the world, and you realize it's light out. Telling coach [Jim] Harbaugh was not a pleasant experience.
DP: What did he say?
AL: He had some choice words for me and then told me to go do my punishment lifts.
DP: What did you do better as a rookie?
AL: Sometimes ignorance is bliss. As a rookie you might not understand the gravity of certain things. You just sort of go out and play ball. That being said, I wouldn't want to be a rookie again.
DP: What's the lasting memory of your first NFL season?
AL: Coach [Chuck] Pagano being in the hospital and fighting for his life [after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2012], and the perspective that puts on playing a football season; Bruce Arians stepping in [to coach] and doing an incredible job. I also have this image of [wide receiver] Reggie Wayne wearing orange gloves during a Packers game, going for over 200 yards and scoring the last touchdown.
DP: How many NFL quarterbacks' numbers do you have in your phone?
AL: A fair amount. More than 10. Is my dad [Oliver] included?
DP: Could you text Tom Brady right now?
AL: I don't have his number, so no.
DP: Shouldn't quarterbacks be able to do what they want to a football, including adjust air pressure?
AL: I guess. I just throw the balls that the Colts give us.
DP: It's a silly rule.
AL: I don't know if it's my place to comment on the rules.
DP: How would you evaluate your acting in DirecTV commercials this off-season?
AL: [Laughs.] Oh, man. Poor.
DP: You seemed to pass on a lot of endorsements early on.
AL: Part of the plan was to take care of things on the football field first. The natural progression is that you do a little more and a little more.
DP: [Indianapolis running back] Frank Gore said in the off-season that you're a football god.
AL: I don't know about that. That might have been taken out of context.
DP: Have you told Frank not to refer to you as Andrew anymore?
AL: Frank can call me whatever he wants. He's a god amongst running backs.
Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan discussed why he thinks Robert Griffin III has struggled: "Once you go to a scheme that you haven't used throughout your career, it does take some time [to learn]. I don't think [owner] Dan Snyder or Robert realized what it was going to take for him to make that step." ... Fox analyst Troy Aikman believes the Cowboys shouldn't underestimate the importance of a quality running back. "Their offensive line is exceptionally talented," he said. "But I have more respect for the guys who carry the football. I don't think you can plug just anyone in there." ... Giants quarterback Eli Manning explained his reluctance to use social media. "I don't have a whole lot of interest in it," he told me. "I don't have to let the world know every time I do something special, unique or interesting."