INDIANAPOLIS â€" When it comes to football drafts, Andrew Luck never has to wait long for his name to be announced.
On Wednesday night, Luck was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft, marking the second straight year the Colts quarterback has been the first player selected.
Luck will be on Hall of Famer Cris Carterâ€™s team in Sundayâ€™s Pro Bowl kicking off at 8:00 p.m. EST in Arizona.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and Team Carter captain, announced the pick of Luck by saying, â€œWeâ€™ll take the Neckbeard with the arm.â€
Luck will team with his favorite target in Sundayâ€™s Pro Bowl with T.Y. Hilton going 11th overall to Team Carter (opposing Vontae Davis on Team Irvin).
All-Pro punter Pat McAfee will round out the Colts trio on Team Carter.
Andrew Luck: This is Luckâ€™s third straight year going to the Pro Bowl. He was the No. 1 pick in last yearâ€™s game and has thrown for three touchdowns in his two previous Pro Bowl appearances* 2014 Season Highlight:*
In a season which Luck re-wrote virtually every Colts passing record for a single-season, his highlight came in the postseason. In the Wild Card game against Cincinnati, the Colts led 13-10 early in third quarter. You had the feeling the Colts were in control of things but the lead had not yet reached two scores. Luck changed that with a 36-yard touchdown strike to Donte Moncrief despite falling to the turf with pressure from Bengals sack-leader Carlos Dunlap. Luckâ€™s numbers were eye-popping in 2014 but this magician-like move by the Colts quarterback is something that canâ€™t be measured in any box score.
T.Y. Hilton: Hiltonâ€™s first Pro Bowl appearance comes after he became the third Colts wide receiver in team history to reach 1,300 receiving yards in a single season.* 2014 Season Highlight:*
It was another year of highlight-reel catches from Hilton. Whether itâ€™s his sideline grabs that he makes look routine or simply accelerating through an opposing secondary, Hilton has 16 100-yard games in three seasons. The highlight for me though came in a Week 12 game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Hilton awoke that morning at the crack of dawn and used his speed to race to the hospital to see the birth of his daughter. Hilton was absent during pre-game warmups but when kickoff came just after 1:00 p.m., he was ready to clock in. A 73-yard third-quarter touchdown from Hilton was punctuated by a â€œrocking of the babyâ€ touchdown celebration. An emotional Hilton received a deserving game ball after the Colts 23-3 victory.
* Pat McAfee*
: Coaches, players and fans got this one right with McAfeeâ€™s Pro Bowl nod. He impacted the game on a multitude of levels in 2014, something not many punters do in the NFL. The Colts punter will play for Cris Carterâ€™s team. * 2014 Season Highlight:*
Itâ€™s hard to not go with the highlight of three prefect onside kicks this season, especially when the rest of the NFL was just 6-for-54. How McAfee was able to control field position is what truly had the greatest impact over the course of the regular season. He led the league in touchbacks (70), was third in net punting average (42.8) and broke his own franchise record with punts inside the 20-yard line (30). The Colts special teams prides itself on setting up things up for a â€œfull-court defenseâ€ and McAfee spearheads that effort.