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Oliver Luck says son’s decision not a slight against Panthers

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Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be an NFL quarterback in 2011; his father, Oliver, was an NFL quarterback from 1982 through 1986.

Now the Athletic Director at his alma mater, West Virginia University, the elder Luck says that Andrew’s decision to stay at Stanford has nothing to do with the fact that the Carolina Panthers held the first pick in the draft — and according to owner Jerry Richardson fully intended to use it, presumably on Andrew Luck.

Absolutely not,” Luck told Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com. “It’s not a slight on Carolina at all.  Whether it was the Carolina Panthers or the Oakland Raiders or the Miami Dolphins, it didn’t really make a difference to Andrew.”

We wouldn’t expect Oliver Luck to say anything else.  Plenty of displaced Mountaineers live in North Carolina, and the last thing he needs is a Charlotte-based, Manning-style groundswell of resentment against the Luck family, if Andrew and Oliver had tried to pull an Eli and Archie maneuver.

Still, Panthers fans shouldn’t be too upset.  With a roster that’s in disarray and a to-be-determined new coach who may not meet with his team for the first time until September (thanks to the looming lockout) and placement in the toughest division in the NFL, the Panthers likely will be in position to pick Luck with the first overall selection in 2012, too.

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36 Responses to “Oliver Luck says son’s decision not a slight against Panthers”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 6, 2011 11:39 PM

    We’ll see how well Luck does without a good part of the O line that allowed him to be sacked only 12 times in two seasons. Along with Harbaugh if he goes to the NFL. I really think he is overhyped.

  2. jpmelon says: Jan 6, 2011 11:41 PM

    I’d have to assume that he is being sincere…..I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to play in Charlotte. It’s a nice town. I could understand if he was worried about going to Buffalo or Cleveland (Buffalo fan here, so I’m allowed to make fun of my beloved city)…..he really is nuts though, because there is no way to do better in the near future than taking the #1 pick before the new CBA and going to Charlotte. Let’s face it, if you’re picked #1, the team you’re going to isn’t doing so hot….unless it’s the Patriots and they took the draft pick from the Raiders (or the Panthers).

  3. Lou Pickney says: Jan 6, 2011 11:41 PM

    More important: this gives Carolina a chance to draft an elite defensive line prospect. This is VERY important for the team, which struggled as pressuring opposing QBs in the post-Julius Peppers era in 2010 and which also doesn’t have another choice until the third round in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  4. boneyardbuc says: Jan 6, 2011 11:44 PM

    Andy Luck wants no part of competing with Josh Freeman to begin his career.

  5. freedomispopular says: Jan 6, 2011 11:56 PM

    Maybe Clausen will improve next season. Thought guys like Sam Bradford, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Big Ben have played pretty well their rookie year, most of the time it takes them longer than that.

  6. dolphinatic says: Jan 7, 2011 12:08 AM

    Sure.. He’s gonna pass on what could be the last big money Rookie draft for no reason other than school spirit. I call BS.

  7. profootballwalk says: Jan 7, 2011 12:10 AM

    What do you think – he’d be drafted by the Patriots? Of course the first pick goes to a bad team – that’s the whole point. Always is, every year.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jan 7, 2011 12:11 AM

    When you look at the college numbers of Luck vs. Gabbert, Blaine has more total yardage (passing and running) and more total touchdowns (48-46). Luck has a higher completion rate (63-61%) and a better career passer rating.

    But the biggest difference between the two BY FAR lies in the fact that Gabbert was sacked 44 times to only 12 on Luck. Scouts need to determine whether that was because of a difference in mobility between the two, the system they played in, or the protection afforded by their linemen.

  9. emperorzero says: Jan 7, 2011 12:38 AM

    I would bet his decision has more to do with the threat of a lockout than anything else.

  10. vahawker says: Jan 7, 2011 12:46 AM

    Why is everyone so surprised by this?!?!? Luck has been saying all along he was staying in school, Harbaugh said Luck was staying in school. There is no CBA, likely a new rookie cap when one does get done. so he isn’t leaving 50-60mil on the table. People freak out about the “student” athlete, then when one comes along, they ride him for staying in school.

  11. metalhead65 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:05 AM

    maybe you should not expect him to say anything else since luck has said all year he would wait untill the season to end and talk it over with parents and decide if he would go or stay. he seems to genuinly like college and is on track to get his degree so why should he have say he is sorry for doing what he wants?

  12. david7590 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:29 AM

    2011 Panthers = 1997 Jets
    Jilted by the best QB in the draft.

  13. tiproast says: Jan 7, 2011 1:47 AM

    NFC South as toughest division in the NFL?

    Sagarin Rankings doesn’t show that. They have NFC South as 4th best.

    They have this order:

    1. AFC East
    2. AFC North
    3. NFC North
    4. NFC South

  14. kevinfromphilly says: Jan 7, 2011 4:09 AM

    Holy Cow! Is there method behind the team building madness of Al Davis and Jerry Jones ? Keeping there teams sucky enough to get the next Peyton Manning?

  15. flavordave says: Jan 7, 2011 6:33 AM

    Panthers cant even buy their Luck. Badum Bum.

  16. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 7, 2011 6:59 AM

    What a bum! He wants to throw his life away and stay in school to become an archetict instead of becoming another overpaid, dumb jock, playing for an NFL team that SUCKS!

  17. bucks12965 says: Jan 7, 2011 7:00 AM

    kevinfromphilly has a good point, if a team is not going to be very good next year ie not going to be a playoff team, it would be logical to just tank it to get a qb who is sposed to be a sure thing franchise qb.

    You hear that Shanahans?

  18. foobarfoofoo says: Jan 7, 2011 7:14 AM

    @vahawker: He may not be leaving 50-60 Mio on the table, but at least 30, likely more.

    How many years would he need to work based on the degree he got to get this amount of money?

    Even if he misses one year as a pro (which will probably pay him 5 Mio) and still gets chosen No. 1 next year … which isn’t guaranteed … he can’t earn the 5 Mio he loses back no matter what degree he gets from where.

    Economically, the decision makes zero sense. No. 1 draft pick doesn’t need a degree if he is smart enough not to throw the money out the window.

  19. ncsteve83 says: Jan 7, 2011 7:34 AM

    Looks like we may have to trade down, and LEGITIMATELY give Cecil Newton a $hit ton of money.

  20. cmich2006 says: Jan 7, 2011 7:50 AM

    This is dumb

    We wouldn’t expect Oliver Luck to say anything else. Plenty of displaced Mountaineers live in North Carolina, and the last thing he needs is a Charlotte-based, Manning-style groundswell of resentment against the Luck family, if Andrew and Oliver had tried to pull an Eli and Archie maneuver.

  21. commoncents says: Jan 7, 2011 7:54 AM

    This may have been the last year to really collect on those rookie first round contracts. Of course, there’s been a lot of talented QB’s over the years that have failed because they had no time to learn a system before theey were expected to become saviors. No matter when he comes out, some bad team in need of a QB will draft him.

  22. steeelfann says: Jan 7, 2011 7:54 AM

    Money, money, money, money……..is he a commie?

  23. broncobourque says: Jan 7, 2011 8:44 AM

    @fubarfoofoo

    It isn’t like $30M but more like $15-25M depending on what the premium will be for QBs. Most reports say the the #1 overall pick will be slotted at arround 5 years $15M with a premium added for QBs.

    This kid also isn’t hurting for money, his dad was a QB for the Bills and now works as the athletic director at UWV so the family has money. The kid chose to go to Stanford which is a great academic school and likely chose that for a reason. He is also close to earning an architectual engineering degree, so he is apparently quite smart and cares about more in life than just money and football. This should be celebrated and seen as a good thing.

    The other part you seem to be missing is that the NFL isn’t going anywhere. Once you are out of college, you aren’t getting that college life back. Even in the worse scenario a top prospect like Luck isn’t falling that far in the draft either. Look at Sam Bradford, he had a major injury to his throwing shoulder TWICE his senior year and went 1st overall. Luck is seen as a better prospect than him so I doubt he falls in the draft much, if at all, even if he has a terrible year or gets injured.

  24. 1historian says: Jan 7, 2011 8:58 AM

    Good decision by Luck.

    Keep in mind if you will that professional sports drafts are inherently unfair – they are a restraint of competition in that the athlete has no say in who he goes to work for, and pro sports got a specific exemption from Congress. The only two I can think of who defied it and got away with it are John Elway and Eli Manning.

    But the draft is unfair – you should be able to pick who you go to work for.

  25. thehighhat says: Jan 7, 2011 9:32 AM

    Yes this is a slight against the Panthers. If anyone saw them play this year you’d consider staying in school too.

    With that said, they will have the pick of an outstanding Defensive Tackle class this year!

  26. patmcrotch says: Jan 7, 2011 9:40 AM

    Lou Pickney says:

    More important: this gives Carolina a chance to draft an elite defensive line prospect. This is VERY important for the team, which struggled as pressuring opposing QBs in the post-Julius Peppers era in 2010 and which also doesn’t have another choice until the third round in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    __________________________________________

    Charles Johnson had 11.5 sacks which is more than Peppers in 2010.

  27. abninf says: Jan 7, 2011 9:42 AM

    Why isn’t he being praised like Myron Rolle who stayed a 5th year to go to Oxford? Seems like Rolle was put on a pedestal because the media finally found an intelligent black kid more concerned with education than funding dog fighting rings and drinking Purple Drank.

  28. youngbuc5 says: Jan 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    For the Panther fans that are upset because Luck isn’t going to their crappy team so they feel the need to talk crap about him, its enough! Football isn’t everything to everyone. He made a good desicion going back to school. What if he has a mistake like the guy from the Giants and never even sees the field. A degree in construction I think is what hes majoring in is a good thing to have.

  29. schportz says: Jan 7, 2011 10:54 AM

    Luck has all the time in the world to get his degree in architectural design. Go to the NFL.
    http://schportz.wordpress.com

  30. finsbooyah says: Jan 7, 2011 11:45 AM

    @abninf…

    This is apples and oranges and has nothing to do with race. The fact is Rolle was a decent safety and an exceptional scholar. There was even a chance that he wouldn’t even be drafted.

    Luck is risking many many millions by not coming out. Look at what is happening to Locker this year (although Luck is a MUCH better prospect than Locker). Locker was by all accounts going to be the #1 pick last year. He decided to go back to school and lost himself millions because he may not even go in the first round.

    Isn’t the point of college to put yourself in the best position to be financially secure in your life? Luck just threw away a golden opportunity. Hey, I hope it works out for him like Petyon Manning and Sam Bradford, who both went back to school and ended up being picked #1 anyway. But if he struggles this year, he’ll likely fall in the draft and lose out on millions.

    Think about that… Millions. Most of us commenting here would have to work 10-15 years to make 1 Million in gross income.

  31. radrntn says: Jan 7, 2011 11:55 AM

    @jpmelon says “Let’s face it, if you’re picked #1, the team you’re going to isn’t doing so hot….unless it’s the Patriots and they took the draft pick from the Raiders (or the Panthers).”

    how does the 18th pick that the pats got for trading a pro bowl bowl player, and team leader equate to the # 1 pick

  32. thenewwisewoo says: Jan 7, 2011 12:04 PM

    @ Lou Pickney

    Charles Johnson = 11.5 Sacks in ’10

    Julius Peppers – 8.0 Sacks in ’10

    Charles Johnson did fantastic replacing peppers and he hasn’t even hit his ceiling yet. But you’re right the Panthers DT’s are atrocious. They would probably be third string in Canada.

  33. darinkm says: Jan 7, 2011 12:07 PM

    What a great degree to have with all the new construction going on in this thriving economy!!

  34. thenewwisewoo says: Jan 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    @Tiproast

    Your rankings are wrong.

    AFC East = 2 Play off teams, 1 Team that is very far away from making it, 1 Team with potential

    AFC North = 2 Play off teams, 1 Team that is very far away from making it, 1 Team with potential

    NFC North = 2 Play off Teams, 1 Team that is very far away from making it, 1 Team with potential

    NFC South = 2 play off teams, 1 Team just barely missing the playoffs, 1 Team only a QB away from making it.

    -Not to mention that the NFC South has been in the NFC Championship Game 6 of the Past 8 Years.

    -Not to mention 11 Pro Bowlers from the NFC South. Compared to AFC North = 9, AFC East = 11, NFC North = 8.

    We’re talking total division, and the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Minnesota Vikings are much further away from making the playoffs than the Panthers are.

  35. lucky5927 says: Jan 7, 2011 12:44 PM

    I am surprised the Panthers wouldn’t trade back to recoup some lost picks. They are obviously more than one player away and could drop down to 3-4 and pick up Bowers or Fairly.

  36. djp141 says: Jan 7, 2011 3:03 PM

    I’d love for the Panthers to trade down. But somebody has to want to trade up. With no clear cut #1, I’m not seeing it.

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