NEW YORK—For fans of the Indianapolis Colts, the future has officially become the present.
Thursday night the Colts selected quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford University with the first overall pick of the NFL Draft. Luck will sign a four-year contract expected to be worth just more than $22 million based on the deal that Carolina signed No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton to last season in relation to the NFL's salary cap.
Not long after shaking Roger Goodell's hand and posing for pictures, Luck talked with ESPN's Suzie Kolber.
"It was great. It was everything I thought it would be," said a grinning quarterback. "I can't wait to start with the Colts."
For Colts fans this comes to no surprise as Luck has been anointed as the eventual number-one pick ever since his sophomore year as a Cardinal. Though Indianapolis entertained the idea of looking at other prospects, including the Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor in Robert Griffin III, the general belief has been that Luck would get selected with the pick ever since the Colts finished with a 2-14 record in the 2011-12 NFL season.
Luck will be the heir to Peyton Manning's throne, attemtping to fill in big shoes after the Colts parted with their eleven-time Pro Bowl and Super Bowl winning quarterback during the off-season.
During Luck's junior season Stanford finished 12-2 while playing his last game in a 41-38 overtime thriller in a loss against Oklahoma State. Luck threw for 3,517 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while cementing his status as the best quarterback available.
Luck can get to work right away, as he will receive his playbook tonight and is expected to arrive in Indianapolis to meet his teammates Friday morning.