There was a pre-teen Luck doing what nearly any football-loving kid does when it’s time for Monday Night Football.
Watching the first half of Monday Night Football was no problem for a younger Luck but as halftime neared, he would have to plead with his mother in order to stay up past his bedtime and watch the entire game.
What was Luck’s best strategy against his mom?
“If I really put on a good face…If I got my sisters to join in the group effort to convince my parents to let us stay up,” Luck said of his most successful attempts.
There will be no bedtime for Luck on this Monday Night, as the Colts quarterback will be in a starring role on one of the most iconic stages.
“It’s Monday Night Football. It’s a big deal,” Luck said on Thursday. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Obviously, Monday Night Football has a ring to it, a feel to it.”
Luck said his fondest memory of those early Monday Night moments was when Brett Favre threw for four touchdowns and 391 yards in a 2003 game the night after Favre’s father had passed away.
Now, Luck will have people from all over the country watching as he tries to write his own Monday Night Football memories.
This week’s matchup with the Chargers is the first time the Colts have played on Monday Night Football in over two seasons.
Since 2003, the Colts are 9-2 on Monday Night Football with this week’s contest being the lone Monday Night appearance for the Colts this season.
“It’s the only show in town, Monday night. Everybody’s heard about you, now they’re starting to see what you got and you just have to put it on the field.”
“Lights are on. Everybody is at home eating dinner watching you play. It’s just a big stage to play on,” Redding says.
“You love Monday Night Football and relish the opportunity to play on it.”
For the Colts, Monday is the beginning of four primetime contests over the team’s next five games.
Chuck Pagano will also experience Monday Night Football for the first time as an NFL head coach.
His memories extend far past those of his quarterback but are still just as vivid.
“It’s great. Monday night, you just think back to a kid growing up, “Dandy” Don Meredith and Howard Cosell, you couldn’t wait. Then to be able to coach and play on Monday night, we know what a privilege it is to play and coach on this level and on that stage is exciting.”