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Peyton Manning advised Andrew Luck on returning to Stanford

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Before Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck decided to eschew the NFL draft, he spoke with another quarterback who surprised people by returning to school when he could have entered the NFL draft and gone No. 1 overall: Peyton Manning.

Andrew’s father, Oliver Luck, was an NFL teammate of Peyton’s dad, Archie Manning. And Oliver told KTAR that their longtime friendship gave Andrew access to Peyton, who told Andrew about his own experience of returning to Tennessee for his senior season in 1997, when he likely would have been the first pick in the draft if he had left school following his junior year.

“Before he made his decision he had a couple of long conversations with Peyton,” Oliver Luck said. “Archie and I played together way back when with the old Houston Oilers, so we’ve known the family, and Peyton’s kind of acted like a mentor to Andrew. So he got advice not just from his old man and his mom, but
some people like Peyton Manning, Eli and others who have gone through it.”

Although Peyton Manning may have just become the NFL’s least popular player among Carolina Panthers fans, it makes sense that the Manning brothers would both advise Luck that things tend to turn out pretty well for highly regarded quarterbacks who decide not to enter the NFL draft early. Luck clearly made a well-informed decision when he chose to put the NFL millions on hold for another year.

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  1. to147 says: Jan 7, 2011 12:58 PM

    Is it safe to assume has a huge insurance policy against injury? If the rookie wage scale doesn’t get pushed through he’s risking $50million plus.

  2. marvsleezy says: Jan 7, 2011 12:59 PM

    Luck is throwing away money that we will never recoup – You can finish the education any time.

  3. aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 7, 2011 1:00 PM

    Good decision, Manning wisely passed on the Jets and Luck wisely passed on the Panthers. Going to a terrible franchise like those can ruin your career.

  4. bengals2012 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:00 PM

    People can call Andrew Luck an “idiot” for choosing to return to college and getting his degree instead of taking the millions involved with being the first overall pick, but to me I see a kid that loves football, loves being a kid, and clearly is a very humble person. The NFL needs a few more Andrew Luck’s who just love the sport of football rather than the money associated with being a good football player.

  5. mybuttsayspft says: Jan 7, 2011 1:06 PM

    He’s a moron, too much of a risk for injury and never playing in the NFL. Go get paid tard!!

  6. hobartbaker says: Jan 7, 2011 1:08 PM

    Epic fail, Andrew E. Neumann, epic fail.

  7. obsession55 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:09 PM

    Hes not a street kid who needs the money right away, just like Leinart wasnt. Theres nothin wrong with stayin in school. The money will be there next year…and you probably wont have to play for the Panthers!!

  8. kcphins4life says: Jan 7, 2011 1:09 PM

    Payton Manning wants to be announced as the highest paid QB next year, not Andrew Luck. So by Luck staying in school, Payton will be announced as the highest paid QB.

  9. hobartbaker says: Jan 7, 2011 1:16 PM

    Andy will go down in history as the protagonist of a great cautionary tale. “Dumb Luck”.
    Except in Asia where his eyes will be smaller, his teeth more prominent, and he will be known as “Dum Luc”.

  10. thejsm2112 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:18 PM

    Carolina is not a terrible franchise. They had a bad year of course, but they are a perenially good team in a tough division. You put Aaron Rodgers the Panthers and they go 11-5. You put Jimmy Clausen starting for the packers, with the horendous running game they had this year, they go 1-15.

  11. shackdelrio says: Jan 7, 2011 1:20 PM

    I think Peyton went back to school because he didn’t want to play for the Jets. Probably a smart move on his part. I doubt he could have handled the New York media on a daily basis. They would have crucified him for his yearly playoff chokes.

    He is better off in little Indy where the fans and media treat him like a god and are just happy to have him.

  12. dman19 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:22 PM

    Sounds like this kid has his head on straight..Maybe he’s banking on a quite likely lockout or the fact that he can spend another year at the most beautiful college in America(sorry Pepperdine) bangin’ coeds!!!

  13. zmoney83 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:37 PM

    aaronrodgerschokes:

    You’re a moron for saying something that dumb. The Panthers are 2 years removed from WINNING the NFC South, and losing in the Cardinals (who should have won the Super Bowl). And it was only due to the fact that Jake Delhomme had the worst playoff game that any QB could possibly ever have.

    Being the worst team in the league in ONE year isn’t indicative of the organization as a whole. How well do you expect a team to perform when you’re marred by injuries AND have to start a ROOKIE QB that obviously is showing why he fell to the 2nd round!

    There’s going to be a #1 pick every year and no matter how ignorant your remarks are it doesn’t mean a player is doomed by going to that team. The Colts were a terrible team also when they drafted Peyton Manning #1 overall. As Peyton Manning showed, 1 player can completely change a franchise for the better…

    …unless your owner is Al Davis.

  14. cgallaway says: Jan 7, 2011 1:37 PM

    I don’t understand most of these bozos on here calling Luck an idiot for not chasing the money….especially when an nfl player does something wrong or stupid, they suggest a player is overpaid.

    That said, it’s Luck’s decision. If he is a sure fire number one pick this year, then how far can he drop next year, assuming no injury? And if he only makes $15 mil in his first year as opposed to $50 mil, then perhaps his next contract he will make what his value is, and if he is a bust, I won’t be reading the idiots above saying how overpaid he is.

  15. indycolt45 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:40 PM

    Should have talked to Matt Leinart and Jake Locker instead.

  16. armchairgm9 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:43 PM

    He’s not risking $50mil plus…He’s actually really risking about $1-2 mill that he’d make in the 2011 season. With the projected rookie wage scale, there really isn’t a huge variance in contracts from year to year.

  17. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 7, 2011 1:44 PM

    Aww, does Precious Peyton, QB Messiah, need to be mentioned in a story about Luck? Of course he does. When he stops playing, the NFL will probably cease to exist.

  18. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 7, 2011 1:45 PM

    @ shackdelrio

    Aint that the truth.

  19. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 7, 2011 1:46 PM

    obsession55 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 1:09 PM
    Hes not a street kid who needs the money right away, just like Leinart wasnt. Theres nothin wrong with stayin in school. The money will be there next year…and you probably wont have to play for the Panthers!!
    ***********

    Define “street kid”.

  20. zmoney83 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:48 PM

    And another thing, as much as I wanted Luck to declare for the Panthers sake, you can’t hate on a guy for bettering himself. We constantly tell kids to embrace the term “student-athlete” while in college, but then chastise them when they decide to actually embrace it. We, as a sports loving society, are entirely to hypocritical regarding other peoples decisions regarding THEIR livelihood.

    Luck wants to get his degree, it has nothing to do with not wanting to play for the Panthers…nor did it have anything to do with Peyton not wanting to play for the Jets. I mean, Archie and Eli flipped the tables during draft day to make sure Eli PLAYED IN NEW YORK for crying out loud.

    However, I do think that Luck may have screwed himself out of a lot of money even if he has an even better year next year and remains the #1 pick in 2012. Due to the collective bargaining agreement, there is more than likely to be a rookie salary cap in place meaning no more obscene contracts for players that have yet to step on the field and prove themselves.

    Also, Luck is getting all of these comparisons to the best since Manning, but what if they’re wrong (even though I highly doubt it). Analysts predictions and assumptions don’t mean squat until the player actually proves himself ON THE FIELD. Brady fell the pick 199 IN THE 6TH ROUND and he turned out pretty good…

  21. fatguystrangler says: Jan 7, 2011 1:49 PM

    The kid’s not hard-up for money, wants to complete his goal of graduating from a prestigious university, has a chance to something unprecdented in his school’s football history, and, oh yeah, doesn’t feel like making football his job, yet. What’s so wrong with that? It’s not like he’s coming back for a 5th year, he’ll be a redshirt junior. The money’s still going to be there, and unless he has right arm cut off in a freak accident, he’ll be #1 pick in 2012 (who knows, maybe he’ll end up whereever Harbaugh ends up in 2012).

  22. xtb3 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:49 PM

    Manning was telling him “this isn’t the year you want to be drafted”!!!!

  23. smalltownqb says: Jan 7, 2011 1:49 PM

    Going to be interesting to see how he feels when he is slinging the ball in Buffalo 2 years from now.

  24. deaconredux says: Jan 7, 2011 1:51 PM

    If Luck was worried about going to Carolina, sounds like Oliver should have talked to Archie for some tips on dictating your son’s draft location…

  25. dirksimmons says: Jan 7, 2011 1:52 PM

    You know, Andrew…There are worse places than Carolina, like….Buffalo!

  26. artvandelay187 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    #
    thejsm2112 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:18 PM

    Carolina is not a terrible franchise. They had a bad year of course, but they are a perenially good team in a tough division. You put Aaron Rodgers the Panthers and they go 11-5. You put Jimmy Clausen starting for the packers, with the horendous running game they had this year, they go 1-15.
    ____________________________________

    Good thing we have Flynn instead of Clausen. We still go 8-8 or better.

  27. sintaxair says: Jan 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    If he loves football so much you would think he would want to play it at the highest level.

  28. patmcrotch says: Jan 7, 2011 2:20 PM

    I am a Panthers Fan and I am torn. On one hand I would have loved for him to be a Panther, on the other it’s smart to go ahead and guarantee that you’ll be playing meaningful football next year. I firmly believe that his decision is based on the lockout. I’m not buying the degree PR release. I dont know who said it but one comment was “After making 50 mil, is he seriously going to go design buildings for 25K?” This ‘going to finish my degree’ comment is nothing but a PR response. Of course he’s not going to say “I’m not going to the NFL until they get their sh*t straightened out.”

    Now the perfect scenario would be if his stock falls and Carolina has a middle of the road season (6 – 10 to 8 – 8) and are able to draft him next year for way less money.

  29. patmcrotch says: Jan 7, 2011 2:25 PM

    what the hell, I didn’t put a cool smiley face in that. Supposed to say 6 and 10 to 8 and 8

  30. edgy says: Jan 7, 2011 2:25 PM

    aaronrodgerschokes says:

    Good decision, Manning wisely passed on the Jets

    *****************************

    Here’s a news flash for all you guys who are praising Manning: NEVER happened. Manning didn’t pass on the Jets; he tried to get Parcells to guarantee that the Jets would pick him if he went pro and when Parcells refused to do so, he stayed in school. NOT as altruistic as you guys make him out to be. Parcells got rid of the pick because they had been pillaged by the Patriots for signing him and he needed to get some picks back.

  31. ncsteeler says: Jan 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    So people think Peyton didn’t want to play for the Jets because of NY media but a few years latter Eli wanted to play for NYG? Jets were bad in ’96 but were in playoff contention in ’97.

    If I were advising someone about what team to go to or steer clear off, I would say avoid cheap teams (Cin., TB, Buff., etc.) and mismanaged ones (Wash., Oak, etc.) and of course, ones that fall in both categories and then maybe ones with bad weather. I don’t think the NYJ of the mid 90’s fall in any of these groups.

  32. jimmycover says: Jan 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    If he truly wants to finish his degree, and play in the NFL, this year would probably be a good year to get drafted. If there’s a lockout, he can go and finish his degree, if not he plays for millions, and finishes in the off season. The ulimate goal of getting any degree from any university is to use it to get the best job you can. Well, he got that, so why is he really staying?

  33. aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 7, 2011 2:30 PM

    Carolina doesn’t have a HC, but does have an owner who hates spending money. And who wants to play in the same division as Brees, Ryan and Freeman?

  34. tbosa says: Jan 7, 2011 2:54 PM

    Why are people still missing the fact that this is THE LAST YEAR EVER that there is not going to be a rookie salary cap. Staying in school will cost him between 40 and 60 million in guaranteed money. Who the hell is dumb enough to support that decision and then be ignorant enough to write an article supporting it? I could see it before, but I cannot see it with the salary cap coming, period.

  35. darthvincent says: Jan 7, 2011 3:05 PM

    when Stanford loses 3 of its first 6 games next year with zero chance of a BCS bowl game looming… I bet he’ll wish he had turned pro.

  36. obsession55 says: Jan 7, 2011 3:06 PM

    @ tiff

    Hes not Mike Vick, is that better??

    And your “precious peyton” comment is absurd. Did Peyton write this article or ask to be mentioned?? I highly doubt it. Its a non story but since every move he makes needs to be documented on this website it becomes a story.

    Your goin down next week to Baltimore, I hope you know that!! We’ll see if you ever post on here again…

  37. nysports831 says: Jan 7, 2011 3:22 PM

    aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 7, 2011 1:00 PM

    Good decision, Manning wisely passed on the Jets and Luck wisely passed on the Panthers. Going to a terrible franchise like those can ruin your career.

    …ignorant comments like this make me realize how appreciative I am for getting a decent education. What made that a wise decision?

    He would have helped turn that franchise around and the Jets would probably have helped him to more than the 1 career SB ring he has in Indy, probably within his first two years. They had just hired Bill Parcells, Belichick probably would have made good on his word to stay with the Jets with Peyton at the helm and if you think Peyton’s legend is strong now, it pales in comparison to what he would have been if he went to NY and made the Jets more of a household name than the Giants.

    He would have had Keyshawn Johnson, Wayne Chrebet and probably would have helped Kyle Brady from becoming a bust and he would have had Curtis Martin by year two.

    Of course its all woulda, coulda, shoulda, but this probably would have been the best decision for Manning…

  38. Jack Burton says: Jan 7, 2011 3:23 PM

    @ zmoney83

    Steelers fans counter with Neil O’Donnels performance in SB XXX.

    28-49 239 YDs
    8.5 YDs/comp
    1 TD
    3 INT’s

    Larry Brown was paid by Emperor Jones!

  39. nysports831 says: Jan 7, 2011 3:29 PM

    I will say that in hindsight, getting rid of that pick by Parcells was probably the worst move in franchise history although I don’t know enough of their historical “fumbles”

  40. masterofthegridiron says: Jan 7, 2011 3:29 PM

    @aaronrodgerschokes

    Don’t think it would have mattered who Peyton went to, Colts sucked just as bad as the Jets did at the time. Manning is just that good. If he played for the Browns, they would be contenders

  41. mimitaroo says: Jan 7, 2011 3:36 PM

    Watch now the irony as Jags get next years #1 pick and Luck turns them around to become a force in the division and start making the Colts look so bad they start to blame Manning and he gets benched. Just saying..

  42. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 7, 2011 3:45 PM

    For the kid’s sake, I hope Manning doesn’t advise Luck on how to play QB in the postseason. We all know how that turns out. *choke*

  43. Ralphie says: Jan 7, 2011 3:54 PM

    ncsteeler says:

    “If I were advising someone about what team to go to or steer clear off, I would say avoid cheap teams (Cin., TB, Buff., etc.) and mismanaged ones (Wash., Oak, etc.) and of course, ones that fall in both categories and then maybe ones with bad weather. I don’t think the NYJ of the mid 90′s fall in any of these groups.”
    _________________________________

    If it was the mid 90’s and I was advising someone about joining the Jets I’d just say two words:

    Rich Kotite

  44. thejsm2112 says: Jan 7, 2011 4:17 PM

    @artvandelay187

    You are right. I should’ve said with Clausen and no viable backup. Flynn looked very capable.

  45. ibagoalie says: Jan 7, 2011 4:18 PM

    Maybe I’m nieve, but what’s wrong with only getting $5 million by waiting verses $50 million by leaving. Geeze, how much money does a person really NEED?!? Beside, he’ll make endorsement money, etc so he can make up some of that. You can’t relive your college experience. Going back later or doing night classes are NOT the same.

  46. geezohman says: Jan 7, 2011 4:36 PM

    i would not want to go to the Panthers…

    so he waits a year to see which ‘loser’ team he does go to?

    is there a ‘supplemental’ draft anymore like Bernie Kosar chose to do?

    If he obviously so wants a college degree, it could have waited…. but where are the ‘experts’ on EXACTLY what the ‘rookie’ wage would be in 2011.. WHAT is being tossed around in the CBA talks?

    if its still big bucks like the mannings implied to him, a good QB will get bucks… then i guess it doesn’t really matter…
    I think what matters is how the ‘draft’ plays out for certain players…

    Didn’t one of the mannings refuse to go to a certain team? wasn’t San Diego involved at one time in a QB trade?

    I sure would get an insurance policy in case of the odds of getting hurt… teams probably will pass if that is the case… shoulder injury, hip etc

  47. smellmyface says: Jan 7, 2011 5:00 PM

    How can people say oh hes a good kid its only 1-2 million. Its retarded to stay when you know your the number 1 pick. Ask Locker if he wishes he came out last year and im sure he would say yes. He went from 1 to probably 4th or 5th QB in this draft thats more than a couple million he lost. Luck is turning down money. What happens if he gets hurt and isnt even a first round pick next year? He better hope that degree can make up for the millions he pissed away.

  48. ncsteeler says: Jan 7, 2011 6:53 PM

    If it was the mid 90′s and I was advising someone about joining the Jets I’d just say two words:

    Rich Kotite

    Actually Bill Parcells was coach in ’97 when Manning thinking of coming out. The Jets may have made a bad choice in Kotite but the overall management was neither cheap nor especially incompetent – they corrected the Kotite mistake rather quickly.

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