Andrew Luck appeared destined to surpass Peyton Manning’s individual and team accomplishments not long after he took his first snap as the Indianapolis Colts’ franchise quarterback in 2012.
Luck led the Colts to 11 victories while throwing for an Dainius Zubrus Authentic Jersey NFL-record 4,374 yards that season. But it wasn’t all about the quarterback for them. The Colts had a vision that was bigger than simply Luck.
Owner Jim Irsay talked about wanting to surround Luck with a complete team. He didn’t want one that put up “Star Wars” type offensive numbers like they did during Manning’s 13-year career with the franchise only to end up not having a lot to show for it in terms of Super Bowl titles.
The Colts thought they had only a brief hiccup when they missed the playoffs in 2015 after they reached the AFC Championship Game in 2014. They were supposed to get back on track with a healthy Luck in the lineup this season, but that has been far from the case.
But logging a whopping 3,681 minutes over the course of 80 games and hoisting 2,106 shots from the field — without the benefit of a 3-point line to pad his scoring totals and spare him some of that painful contact — definitely “took a toll on me” in the words of a 6-foot-1 guard who played at a mere 150 pounds.
“You pay for that, too,” Archibald said.
Not that he has similar fears for Harden or Westbrook.
“These guys are bigger and stronger than me,” Tiny said. “And Damon Severson Authentic Jersey the technology is different. The medical technology is different. Bernard King, who tore up his knee, he would be back quicker nowadays. He wouldn’t have to wait a year and a half or two years to come back. Everything is much better and I think that’s why guys last longer. These guys are equipped with a different century than we were.”
It’s an era he’s happy to take in as a fan like the rest of us, gasping at the audacious way Westbrook can finish a game with his left hand. Or wondering if Harden can really continue to be the first player this league has ever seen to generate in excess of 60 points a night with his scoring and passing in D’Antoni’s most free-flowing offense yet.