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The Indianapolis Colts need more than lucky charm luck, they need Andrew Luck. 
The Stanford QB is a freakin’ stud. If you haven’t seen him play, it’s like missing out when John Elway was in a Cardinal uniform or Peyton Manning at Tennessee or Matt Leinart at USC (I know he’s not great in the NFL, but he was awesome in college). The fact that he wasn’t in a hurry to cash in on NFL millions but rather stay in school to get his degree and possibly, a national championship, added to his stud factor. 
In fact, Luck is arguably the best quarterback to come along since Manning. He’s even Manning-like. He’s 6 foot 4 inches tall and he calls his own plays, including the no huddle. For three years he had former Colt Jim Harbaugh as his head coach and Harbaugh made sure to teach him the mechanics he would need to succeed not only in college but also in the NFL. Luck was the 2010 Heisman runner-up, his passer rating this season is a whopping 180.5 and he’s completed 71 percent of his passes for the 6-0 Cardinals. I know his stature and stats sound like other top quarterbacks who have failed miserably in the NFL: Leinart, Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell and until this season, Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, but trust me, he’s not the same. Speaking of Smith, he was great coming out of Utah but he was showing signs of a bust until this year. In 2010, Smith threw for 2,370 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a 82.1 rating. The 49ers were 6-10. This year, San Francisco is 5-1 and Smith has already thrown for 1,090 yards, 8 touchdowns against 2 picks and has a 95.2 rating. His coach? Harbaugh. My point is that Harbaugh produces winners and Luck is a winner, and looking at the Colts record we could use a winner.
Look, I love Manning just as much as the next Colts fan. He brought us a Super Bowl and that is irreplaceable. Thanks to Manning, we’re all going through withdrawal right now because for the last decade we’ve only known what its like to win, baby (RIP Al Davis).
The reality is we have to move on because football goes on. Manning is 35 and now he has an injury he may never recover from. I don’t take Manning as a Brett Farve. A guy who doesn’t want to let go and is too selfish to teach his replacement.
Jim Irsay has been 100 percent loyal to Manning and vice versa. There is no reason to think he’ll hang around and give Colts fans mediocre football. Like Luck, he’s a stud and studs go out on top.
Manning will forever be embedded in our souls, but if he’s unable to play football I want Luck. The Colts are 0-6. After losing to Cincinnati on Sunday there is only one way to go – down. The Colts play New Orleans on Sunday and I think we know how that game is going to go.
I’m not mad or sad the Colts are losing. It’s just a little strange to watch because they’re really, really bad. But, with a little Luck, they will be really, really good again.

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