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Matt Hasselbeck praises Andrew Luck’s leadership skills

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Playing last season for the Tennessee Titans, Matt Hasselbeck had a chance to see Andrew Luck play a little more often than other quarterbacks in the league. Hasselbeck knew Luck had talent – he was the No. 1 overall pick for a reason after all – but now that Hasselbeck is wearing the same jersey he’s even more impressed.

According to the Indianapolis Star, it’s Luck’s leadership ability that has made the biggest impression on Hasselbeck.

“I really didn’t know what kind of leader he was in the locker room,” Hasselbeck said. “It just comes real natural to him. He’s got a great sense of when to pull somebody aside, how to deal with coaches, just how he treats everyone around him.

“He’s been off-the-charts impressive that way.”

Hasselbeck grew into one of the unquestioned leaders of the Seattle Seahawks during his 10 years with the team. He has been asked to serve as a mentor to both Jake Locker and now Luck since leaving Seattle following the 2010 season. With Luck now reunited with his college offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, Luck is feeling comfortable and Hasselbeck says he’s earned respect.

“He’s earned the respect of this locker room and he’s earned the respect of the people around the league he has to go up against,” Hasselbeck said. “That probably makes it 10 times easier than it was coming in last year when he probably felt he had a lot to prove.”

 

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25 Responses to “Matt Hasselbeck praises Andrew Luck’s leadership skills”
  1. thesteelers says: May 29, 2013 10:42 PM

    WE WIN RINGS

  2. ddogdaddy says: May 29, 2013 10:49 PM

    As a life long Hoosier I have a piece of advice for Hasselbeck, sunblock. That is one melon screaming for some help. SPF 50 or a good hat as summer in Indy can be brutal. Welcome aboard. Go Blue.

  3. thirdistheworrd says: May 29, 2013 10:53 PM

    It’s the hair, Matt. Bald quarterbacks don’t inspire confidence.

  4. lagg1 says: May 29, 2013 10:55 PM

    Andrew Luck is a stud. Of all the young quarterbacks from last year, this guy is numero uno. He took a team that was very poor from 2011 and guided them to 11 wins in 2012. Are you kidding me?

  5. chawkup says: May 29, 2013 11:40 PM

    No surprise. Matt’s always been a classy guy. He understands his role in Indy.

  6. r104671word says: May 29, 2013 11:58 PM

    As a diehard Redskins fan I have to say that I’m totally sick of all these gratuitous Andrew Luck stories. I mean this website and every other sports website continuously feeds us up to the minute reports on this guys life and I’m starting to get sick of his media over coverage.

    Is it too much to ask these national websites to push RG3 a little more?

  7. ninerfan81 says: May 30, 2013 12:07 AM

    Luck is an amazing talent. He was impressive last season and will only get better with his college OC around. The Colts are in good hands for 10 years.

  8. j0esixpack says: May 30, 2013 12:08 AM

    All true

    ’nuff said.

  9. jdubb84 says: May 30, 2013 12:45 AM

    Hasselbeck is the man. Luck is lucky to learn from him

  10. Fantasy Football Delivery Man says: May 30, 2013 12:47 AM

    Luck is a bonafide stud. Surprised people last year and will continue to shine.

  11. stampnhawk says: May 30, 2013 1:39 AM

    Ask Seneca Wallace or any other Seahawks backups not named Trent Dilfer about Hasslebecks leadership skills. He was a good qb with good skills for a period of time on a good team.

    But that didn’t make him a leader that others should emulate. The last few Seahawk years were further proof of that, with bad decisions, throwing into double coverage hoping for a miracle, or taking sacks not wanting to release the ball.

    Wallace amounted to nothing after learning nothing from Matt after 4 seasons, and Locker found that out when he didn’t really get mentored the way I am sure the Titans envisioned Hasslebeck when they got him, which is why Jake is still trying to find his way.

  12. swaggyy says: May 30, 2013 1:46 AM

    Too bad Andrew Luck is not very good and the Colts are lacking A TON of talent

  13. spiritfuryfire says: May 30, 2013 2:54 AM

    Matt should get a hair transplant from Andrew’s neck.

  14. jerrysglassescleaner says: May 30, 2013 3:44 AM

    Poor Matt. The Stealers…opps..i mean Steelers stole his Superbowl ring. #steelerssuck

  15. j4man1 says: May 30, 2013 5:20 AM

    He still has ALOT TO PROVE. And you are only saying that because you are on his sorry team.

  16. greyhawk9 says: May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

    russell wilsons sneakers have more leadership skills than andrew luck.

  17. cometkazie says: May 30, 2013 8:41 AM

    The more I see and hear about Luck, the more I like him, even tho I’ve not been a fan of the Colts since they moved.

    I wish him the best. It’s always good to see good people doing well.

  18. bigbluenationdb says: May 30, 2013 8:41 AM

    If Luck doesn’t get injured I am predicting he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. The next great QB of the league. Unlike RG3 he seems to keep out of the media and doesn’t have much to say.

    RG3 may have won rookie of the year but anyone that watches or is knowledgable about football knows Luck had the better season. While RG3 was running a college style offense Luck was given the entire playbook from day one. He attacked all parts of the field while RG3 threw more screen and bubble passes then any QB in the league.

    Luck and Wilson will be the talk of the NFL for years to come while RG3 will be the talk of the injury report on a weekly basis.

  19. coltsfreek says: May 30, 2013 8:56 AM

    Luck in the WC offense is going to be awesome.

  20. steelers4385 says: May 30, 2013 9:32 AM

    Luck is way better than rg3 and russel. And a bit better than kapernick. Guy literally brought the worst team in NFL the year before to the playoffs. He did it with nobodys. No defense..no run game…and reggie wayne and some other guys lol.

  21. randomguy9999 says: May 30, 2013 10:47 AM

    r104671word says:
    May 29, 2013 11:58 PM

    Is it too much to ask these national websites to push RG3 a little more?
    ———————————————
    non interested fan from another team here

    RG3 got pushed like crazy by the media… then he proved he isn’t as valuable as Luck.

    Fact of the matter is: to be a franchise QB you have to stop scrambling and be a reliable for every game, franchise QB… RG3 proved he isn’t that by taking huge punishment and endangering his career

    until he starts showing Luck like maturity…. he’ll continue to be in 2nd place from that class… end of story

  22. r104671word says: May 30, 2013 1:03 PM

    @randomguy – I know it’s hard to interpret and convey sarcasm over the Internet. Trust me, even the most die hard Skins fans are getting tired of the nonstop media coverage RG3 receives. We all know the arguments that can be made for both players. I believe both players are outstanding and I have absolutely nothing against Luck.

    Not sure where the proof is that RG3 is less valuable than Luck though? Both got bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs. RG3 won ROY. RG3 has the highest selling jersey of all time. RG3 took a team that was the laughing stock of the NFL, where players came to get paid, and turned it into a division winning team that players are now taking less money to be a part of. Because of his impact, the Skins have plenty of Prime Time games this season. Redskins stories generate the most comments. Our offense was immediately copied and made stars out of other players like Kaepernick and Wilson.

    The fact is RG3 is the most valuable player on one of the most valuable teams in the world.

  23. conbro8 says: May 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    r104671word says: May 30, 2013 1:03 PM

    @randomguy – I know it’s hard to interpret and convey sarcasm over the Internet. Trust me, even the most die hard Skins fans are getting tired of the nonstop media coverage RG3 receives. We all know the arguments that can be made for both players. I believe both players are outstanding and I have absolutely nothing against Luck.

    Not sure where the proof is that RG3 is less valuable than Luck though? Both got bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs. RG3 won ROY. RG3 has the highest selling jersey of all time. RG3 took a team that was the laughing stock of the NFL, where players came to get paid, and turned it into a division winning team that players are now taking less money to be a part of. Because of his impact, the Skins have plenty of Prime Time games this season. Redskins stories generate the most comments. Our offense was immediately copied and made stars out of other players like Kaepernick and Wilson.

    The fact is RG3 is the most valuable player on one of the most valuable teams in the world.
    ===============================
    Because I’m sure you’ve always been a Skins fan. Until RG3 learns to pay like Kaepernick and protect himself, he’s going to remain a twitter all-star.

  24. r104671word says: May 30, 2013 3:40 PM

    And another thing about the Luck/RG3 thing. Harbaugh had him at Stanford and still tried to recruit RG3. RG3 turned him down and ended up winning the Heisman in his senior year after missing a season due to injury. He came back real strong after his injury and had he not missed that year, with a bigger body of work, could’ve been the #1 pick too. We see how Harbaugh, who is considered to be one of the best coaching minds, treated his pocket passer Alex Smith.

  25. r104671word says: May 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Kaepernick needs to learn to play like RG3. Kaepernick has to see his target then throw. So what if he slid a couple times and didn’t get himself hurt. He got Vernon Davis concussed and Mario Manninghams knee shredded in the same game because he stared them both down giving the defenders all the time in the world to hit them as hard as they can. Quarterbacks have a responsibility to keep their receivers safe too, not just themselves. Look at the Skins V Cowboys Thanksgiving game. RG3’s ball placement was incredible, especially on the TD to Moss right before halftime.

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